George Clone-y: meet the George Clooney lookalike who’s on a desperate hunt for an Amal lookalike after his career took a nosedive when the Hollywood heartthrob tied the knot
A George Clooney lookalike is on the hunt for his Amal after his career took a nosedive following the Hollywood heartthrob’s marriage.
With his winning smile, chiselled features and famous silver-streaked hair, most movie fans have to double take when they see David Siegel walking down the street, often mistaking him for George Clooney.
And for the last six years David has enjoyed a successful career as one of the world’s most popular George Clooney lookalikes and thanks to his uncanny resemblance to the A-list star, he has earned thousands of pounds a year copying the actor’s every move.
Known for his enduring status as Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, fans were shocked when the lothario announced he was to wed pretty British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, in September this year.
But none more so than David who prides himself on having perfect symmetry with the three time Golden Globe Award winner.
And since the real George Clooney, 53, tied the knot, David from New Jersey USA claims his career has taken a nose dive, with people no longer looking to book a solo George Clooney lookalike. He is now desperately searching for an Amal lookalike to work alongside him as his significant other.
David said: “As a George Clooney impersonator, I can’t help but to pay attention to everything Clooney does, it’s an obsession.
“My reaction to the news that he was going to marry Amal was, quite seriously, ‘I’ve got to go out and find my lookalike wife too’, my livelihood depends on it.
“My compulsion to find my Amal lookalike comes from Clooney’s constant public exposure.
“If he’s in public with Amal, my clients may ask for the same, so I need to be prepared.
“And being that George and Amal are together so often now, it does feel a bit odd not to have her on my arm too.
“There could be an impact on my business as a result of their marriage I do not find my Amal look alike.
“If they continue to be comfortable in the public eye, many more clients could quite possibly demand I appear with her too.”
It was in his early-forties that people started noticing David’s likeness to the handsome silver fox himself.
Regularly stopped by people in the street, David was encouraged by his mum to submit his photo for a celebrity lookalike competition launched by People Magazine.
After scooping a coveted place in the top ten in 2009, earning him a subsequent appearance in the magazine, David contacted an agent who booked him his first lookalike gig in Las Vegas.
Since then, David has earned thousands from copying his idol and is paid up to £2,000 per gig for appearing at corporate events, grand openings, high roller parties and surprise birthday parties for Clooney mega-fans.
But with the real George Clooney now a taken man, David is feeling the pressure to keep in character.
Having searched as far as Lebanon, Amal’s native country, to find a convincing lookalike, David has recently taken to the streets of New York to continue his hunt.
But despite David’s best efforts to find a ringer on Times Square, where he was mistook for the real deal by mobs of people, the Amal lookalike he so dearly desires eluded him once more.
He said: “I have been searching far and wide, but so far, it’s been fruitless.
“I have scoured the Lebanese modelling agency websites for possible candidates and even took to the streets of Manhattan.
“Tourists from every corner of the world visit Times Square, so it seems like an obvious place to find her.
“I have been close a couple of times in finding “my other half.” People have referred friends through my Facebook page but none of them have worked out.
“I can only continue my search, I’m sure the right Amal for me will come along, I’m sure of it.”