They are as close as you can get to the real thing, and some certainly enjoy lapping up the attention. Endowed with the features of today's most powerful leaders, these ordinary guys have been leading double lives as their "celebrity" lookalikes, some milking their "fame" for all it is worth.
US President Barack Obama
There are at least three notable doubles for US President Barack Obama.
Double #1: Mr Iman Ishak
Seeing double: Iman Ishak posing with a wax figure of US President Barack Obama. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Mr Iman Ishak, a 25-year-old lawyer from Malaysia, recently made the news for his uncanny likeness to the US President. According to The Star newspaper, Mr Iman has been slightly frustrated over the stares he gets from people, but still finds the attention fun, especially from his friends, who have noted that his smile, ears and general cool demeanour are all comparable to the US leader.
Double #2: Mr Ilham Anas
Indonesian "Obama" Ilham Anas waves to the audience during a fund-raising event at the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home on 30 March 2009. -- BH FILE PHOTO: MOHD TAUFIK A KADER
Over in neighbouring Indonesia, 40-year-old Ilham Anas is probably Asia's most notable Obama impersonator. His close resemblance to the US leader was discovered after a photo of him dressed in a suit and posing in front of an American flag went viral in 2009. He became an instant sensation in Indonesia, where Mr Obama had lived for four years as a boy in Jakarta. Since then, Mr Ilham has also travelled to the Philippines and Singapore to do advertisements and shows.
Double #3: Mr Reggie Brown
American comedian and Obama impersonator Reggie Brown. -- FILE PHOTO: GAGE SKIDMORE / WIKIPEDIA
This American comedian and Obama impersonator has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In 2011, he was kicked off the stage at a Republican gathering after making off-colour jokes. He reportedly poked fun at Mr Obama’s bi-racial heritage, saying that Mr Obama, whose father was black and mother was white, celebrated only half of Black History Month. He also joked about rumours on the President’s birthplace. Mr Obama was born in Hawaii – “or as the tea partyers call it, Kenya”, he was quoted as saying.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Double: Mr Manchu Tuan
Manchu Tuan (left), a Chinese kebab seller, has used his resemblance to Mr Kim Jong Un (right) to his advantage. -- SCREENGRAB: THE DAILY MAIL
Kim Jong Un, The Onion's erstwhile "Sexiest Man Alive", became the butt of jokes recently after reports emerged that North Korean men were required to get the same haircut as him. Hoax or not, his dead-ringer would be probably happy to sport the look.
Meet Mr Manchu Tuan, a Chinese kebab seller who has made use of his resemblance to the North Korean leader to his advantage. Business has been booming since he started dressing like Mr Kim and getting people who wanted to snap his picture to buy a kebab or two, reported the Daily Mail.
French President Francois Hollande
Double: Father Javier Alonso Sandoica
Father Sandoica (left) was reportedly not flattered by his resemblance to Mr Hollande (right). -- SCREENGRAB: HUFFINGTON POST
He's a Catholic priest and journalist from Madrid, and hosts a show on a Catholic TV channel. When an observant viewer shared a screenshot of his show on Twitter, it went viral, reported the Huffington Post. When asked if he was flattered with the resemblance to Mr Hollande, Father Sandoica reportedly said: "Absolutely not. Compare the hair."