Impersonator fools Real Madrid

Nicolas Cage look-alike gets star treament from club

Story taken from SI.com

MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A Nicolas Cage impersonator was treated like a star as he watched Real Madrid play AS Roma last week in Champions League match.

Paolo Calabresi, an Italian TV presenter, watched the match with Madrid president Ramon Calderon from his box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

"The truth is I was a little scared they would find me out, but from the first moment everyone was friendly with me," Calabresi told Marca newspaper on Wednesday. "We knew there would be many repercussions. My phone won't stop ringing."

Videos posted on Spanish media Web sites showed Calabresi, whose English has an accent, being presented with a personalized Nicolas Cage team jersey from Calderon.

Calabresi also met and posed for photographs with Madrid forward Robinho.

The 43-year-old Rome native bears a resemblance to the actor, who won the best actor Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas in 1996.

He gained access by using the name of the same U.S. agency that had arranged a similar meeting for actor Sylvester Stallone at the Bernabeu last year.

Calabresi said the plan was originally initiated three years ago, when the two clubs last met.

Madrid lost the match 2-1 and was eliminated from the Champions League 4-2 on aggregate.

Copyright 2008 Associated Press.

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