‘China’s Obama’ says easier to mimic Trump
Xiao Jiguo’s career will likely be affected once US President Barack Obama remits office in January.
Be it in the streets of Beijing or on regional television, the Chinese actor claims he charges up to $6,000 for a onetime appearance as Obama.
But the 30-year-old former construction worker, who was born in Southwest China’s Sichuan province, doesn’t think his market value will diminish overnight. After all, the real Obama has some fans in China because of his wit and charisma, Xiao told me and another journalist over a meal of spicy curry and rice at a roadside eatery in Beijing last week.
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Xiao doesn’t speak English. He offers gibberish while imitating mannerisms — mostly the famous frown and a few hand movements — of the US president.
“I will continue to act and sing,” Xiao said, adding that while a market for duplicates exists, imitation, however flattering it may be to their subjects, can’t be an end in itself for the actors.
At the height of his Obama impersonation last year, he did several events and participated in a popular reality TV show. But Xiao has yet to be cast in a presidential role on the big screen.
He will start to shoot a zombie movie in December, he said. Previously, he has played the manager of a traditional drama troupe, a monster and some other roles.
After our dinner last week, Xiao gave us a deeper glimpse of his Obama persona with an treatment. In Beijing, no baby has been born with HIV since 2014.
HIV/AIDS infection rate in China is about 0.06 percent, lower than the global average of 0.8 percent, according to the World Health Organization.
However, because of the large population, China is one of 15 countries with the highest numbers of AIDS carriers in the world.
As of September, there were 654,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in China, according to the National Center for AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Control eye makeup, especially the brows of the US president. Then he put on a white shirt and a necktie to pose for photos and videos. In 2008, when he was working as a security guard in the southern province of Guangdong, a colleague had told him that he resembled Obama.
Xiao shares some facial similarities with Obama when viewed from the side, but the actor doesn’t literally and Prevention.
China’s first major outbreak of HIV/AIDS came in the border regions in the 1990s, through intravenous drug use. The disease quickly spread to other provinces through illegal sales of blood. measure up in height.
“I generally watch Obama’s speeches on the internet,” Xiao said of his research.
Xiao has joined the Beijing Film Academy to refine his acting skills and move to other genres. On and off, he has lived in the city since 2012.
He has also lived in Hengdian, an eastern city, where a large number of film studios are located. It is dubbed “China’s Hollywood.”
The son of farmers from Neijiang, Xiao studied until junior high school before joining work in 2003. His late grandfather fought in the Korean War, he said.
When we asked him about President-elect Donald Trump, Xiao said: “I feel imitating Trump will be easier than copying Obama.”
Contact the writer at satarupa @chinadaily.com.cn
Last year, the proportion of cases of HIV/AIDS as a result of intravenous drug use was less than 5 percent, and the infection rate between couples where one partner had AIDS fell to 1 percent from 5.9 percent in 2010.