A Job For Hitler Lookalikes

Adolf HitlerMany skills and talents help workers succeed in the modern workplace, but looking like the most brutal dictator to have ever lived is usually not included on the list. Yet earlier this week, the Stephen David Entertainment production company posted a Craigslist classified ad seeking cast members who have a "physical resemblance" to Adolf Hitler for an upcoming mini-series that will air on the History Channel. The gig will last a total of four weeks, and will pay $300 to $350 a day. Previous acting experience is not required, but the ad said that having a German accent is considered "helpful."

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New York's Daily News had fun writing about this job opportunity. "Finally -- there's hope for people who look like Adolf Hitler... [h]aving that toothbrush mustache and the look of a megalomaniac could now earn you some cold hard cash."

As AOL Jobs has reported, lookalike work can be quite lucrative. British waitress Michaela Weeks earned 300,000 pounds ($483,000) as of December 2012 impersonating Britney Spears. She's even posed as Spears in music videos. Another former British waitress, Heidi Agan, recently changed jobs to appear as Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William. She's able to charge $1,000 an hour to impersonate Middleton at events.

The Craigslist ad said shooting for the series will take place in September on the East Coast of the U.S. and then in Germany in October. The docudrama is expected to be six hours long, and will track Hitler throughout his adult life, from his days as a soldier in World War I to his experience leading Germany during World War II.

While one Hitler was more than enough, Stephen David Entertainment might be open to hiring multiple actors to portray Hitler from age 25 to 56. The company is also seeking actors to play Hitler's foils, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

Casting actors is central to the work of production companies, and the ad for a Hitler lookalike plays it totally straight, despite the kind of fun that others have had with the idea of it, perhaps most famously Mel Brooks in "The Producers."

Brooks' 1968 movie -- and eventual Broadway musical -- tells the story of a Broadway producer who seeks to steal money from investors by purposely producing a flop. So he agrees to stage a musical called "Springtime for Hitler," which looks back fondly on Nazi Germany. And he casts a hippie to play the starring role. (The character's name is Lorenzo St. DuBois, but as he tells the casting directors, "my friends call me L.S.D.")
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Hugh Laurie

September 20 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marckie13

Wasn't Dick Shawn great at The Hippie - Dippy Hitler in Mel Brooks' 1968 tour de farce " The Producers !"

July 01 2013 at 4:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marckie13

Just paste a moustache on Bush. He's not doing anything right now .

July 01 2013 at 4:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ANTON

Heck yeah, I will send in my pics, I would love to play Hitler. Good pay and a trip to Germany. My wife is a German citizen and I am a second generation American, my family came over from Germany. We go back every few years to see my in-laws so a free trip to Germany and get paid to play a maniacal dictator, hell yeah.I sent in some head shots, I keep my head shaved so wearing a black hair piece is no problem.
I just wonder how many morons maybe shaved their mustache into a toothbrush mustache for their head shots to try for an advantage? I am sure there are people out there who will do that, funny if this was a put on and like 10,000 people shave half their stache or gotee off...LOL lts not really that bad of a look, too bad because everyone will automatically associate the look to Hitler instead of Carlie Chaplin or Oliver Hardy for Laurel and Hardy....

June 30 2013 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beh Brad

We can never seem to get enough of a good dictator. This also explains Obama's reelection...

June 30 2013 at 6:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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F4flyr

....and Geo W Bush's?

June 30 2013 at 9:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
marckie13

Better to use the " dictator " scenario with illegitimate former President Bush Junior because it was he, and not President Obama, who stole the two Elections !

July 01 2013 at 4:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Owen Marshall

A crummy looking bunch of jokers posing with him.

June 30 2013 at 1:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Cris

Help stomp out crime, abolish the IRS. They are nothing but German Gestapo's and the other 40% of the polls that keep thinking Obama is God cause they get all those feebees. Wake up America.

June 30 2013 at 12:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Robert

Texas Governor Rick Perry would be perfect and he's had plenty of experience acting like a government leader.

June 30 2013 at 9:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
boceefus4

Now showing in America at a theater in DC. Sorry folks due to the sequester its in Black and White. .

June 30 2013 at 12:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Pauline

I think the best movie spoofing this maniac is "The Dictator" starring Charlie Chaplin. That is a classic for sure. Personally, I do not plan to watch any movie about Hitler - his barbaric ruling nauseates me to even hear his name.

June 30 2013 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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ohwhen

We can't just study the happy stuff in history. It would be a much, much shorter subject if we did. What would we do with all of the superfluous history teachers then?

I know, the depths of depravity that some members of our race have reached are the stuff for nightmares. I don't like to think about it either, but if the subject matter is handled properly, it is something that we can all learn from.

June 30 2013 at 5:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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