James Fake-o? Hollywood lookalike makes the rounds at TIFF
Published Friday, September 13, 2013 10:11AM EDT
A James Franco doppelganger has been making the rounds at the Toronto International Film Festival, snapping pictures with star-struck fans who wanted to believe he was the real deal and even showing up at a TIFF after-party for one of Franco’s movies.
Toronto-based actor Tommy Murphy says he was mistaken as the Hollywood A-lister – who also moonlights as a scholar, writer, director and model -- while attending an after-party in downtown Toronto last Friday.
"I’m walking around. I see a big lineup…. This guy comes up to me and says: ‘For the party, right?'" Murphy told CTV’s Canada AM on Friday. The James Franco look-alike -- who had just purchased a poutine and was looking at his phone to find an address sent to him by a friend for the party -- said he was confused but let himself be escorted inside.
"I got upstairs (and these) two big guys escorted me (in)," Murphy said, at which point it dawned him that something wasn’t right.
"All these girls start screaming, taking pictures of me," Murphy said. "What the hell is going on?"
It was then that Murphy’s friend told him that they were at James Franco's after-party.
Murphy, who doesn’t think he looks like the famous actor, decided then to play it up, taking pictures with starry-eyed fans who couldn’t believe their luck.
Murphy said he tried telling them he wasn’t Franco, but no one wanted to believe him. Even the owner of the club thought Murphy was Franco, doubting the Toronto-based actor’s sincerity when he said he was just a regular guy.
"You’re pulling my chain, right?" Murphy said the owner asked him.
This isn’t the first time Murphy has been mistaken as Franco, who is in Toronto to promote his movies “Palo Alto,” "Third Person," and an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s "Child of God."
Murphy said the first time he was mobbed by fans of the Hollywood actor was at Scarborough Town Center, a mall in northeast Toronto.
The Franco-lookalike said he and a friend were waiting in line at Subway in the mall’s food court when a small gaggle of fans started lining up behind him.
"I looked behind me and there were about 45 people," Murphy said. "And then my friend told me, ‘I think they’re taking pictures of you.' So I said, 'Alright, let’s go.' "
Murphy said he and his friend left the food court and headed out to their car but the Franco fans trailed behind them.
The fans then surrounded him, asking Murphy if they could snap a picture with him, even offering to pay for it.
But Murphy is taking his new found fame in stride, and even had the opportunity to meet the real Franco after last week's party mix-up.
During the Friday after-party, Murphy said Franco’s “people” approached him and asked if he wanted to meet the Hollywood actor.
"(He was) a good sport about it," Murphy said, adding that the pair took a picture together.
"(He) laughed, shook my hand."
But Murphy doesn’t plan on taking advantage of his doppelganger status.
"Now I’m just going back to being ordinary Tommy."