Obama’s popularity has really spread around the world. Everything from streets, hotels, and even people are being named after the newly elected President of the United States.
For one photographer in Indonesia, it is not the name Obama that has thrown him into almost instant fame, but rather his face.
Ilham Anas bares a striking resemblance to the president-elect Barack Obama in this recent commercial.
The whole thing initially started as a job for Ilham.
“When Obama won, my colleagues played a practical joke on me — they made me wear a suit, a tie, and took pictures of me posing as Obama,” said Ilham.
“The pictures spread very quickly on the Internet. It was phenomenal. Then TV stations and an advertising agency got in touch with me.”
Ilham says he is often mistaken for Obama and people ask to take pictures with him.
“I never thought I would be a star in a commercial, then this happened. It’s very fortunate,” Ilham said.
More pictures here.
Hahaha. They’re two completely different races yet look really alike. Cool.
It’d kind of suck to be a lookalike, IMO….
Come on. Think of all the free sex from dumb women who really think he’s Obama.
I can sorta see the resemblance, the ad is pretty bad though. They manage to scrape past defamation because they never say it’s Obama or supposed to be Obama.
I guess he should be twin of Obama
cause Obama's mother was in Indonesia once right.? so her one of children may have stolen before babies showing to the mother.
dis is not obama
I think that the commercial is not from Indonesia due to the woman and narrator at the end are speaking Tagalog which is the main kaguage spoken in the Philippines and so I think that the commercial is from the Philippines not Indonesia.
I thought it sounded Filipino also, and I am married to a Filipina. The woman in the ad looked like a real dike though, or a ladyboy…He might look more like Barack if he had been given an opportunity to smile more in the ad, instead of grimacing over lousy food.
lol, she's an impersonator (and a very good one at that) of the Philippine's current president, Gloria Arroyo.
the man you impersonate Obama is from Indonesia but the commercial is in Philippines.
Haha!! They really look alike oh…but that’s only happen when he is taking picture. When the man starts talking…ermm…I don’t really think that way anymore…hehe!
Obama would rather have a man.
the rob scnheider look alike kicks this photo up a notch. bam!
He could make a million dollars advertising blackberries
hear that ilham? a blackberry add!!!
lol ha HA!!!
This guy looks more like Obama with cancer.
totally! but that's sick
lol.. you guys are soo funny! keep it up
That guy is a Filipino not Indonesian..
its a filipino commercial. they are speaking in tagalog. he is filipino.
Obama would rather have a man.
It really does look a lot like him
the commercial and the guy pictured above is not from Malaysia, its from the Philippines, set it straight. yeah, he has a resemblance to the new US president.
maybe he should get intouch with Obama’s Parent to know if you are not His Twin brother….lol
am really sure that he’s from Indonesia and will never be Obama twin brother and shouldn’t try to be..
and where the hell is indonesian ad agencies -_-‘
the rob scnheider look alike kicks this photo up a notch. bam!!
Congratulations, Ilham, you’ve just got yourself a lifetime meal ticket — or at least a 4-year one.
lol maybe he’s Obama’s twin.
Btw look at his official website, he was born and is living indonesia. But true the ad is not Indonesian.
Probably the first time an Asian is proud to be a shade dark.
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That is a smart thing to say. He looks like Obama and that is the end of it.
I do not think anyone women is stupid enough to have sex with him
What the hell do that suppose to mean, if he looks like him then so be it. It is not a free meal ticket because he still have to work for it. You all should what ever issue that you have with Obama being the President just put aside and let it be because Obama is here and he is here to stay.
yes thats right being a look a like to famous person would draw alot
I think it was Arthur C Clarke who said that, given enough time, all races will eventually merge and look more or less like South Pacific races.
Which, personally, I think is a nice thought.
The womens are hot.
The Canadian comedian, Russell Peters is of Indo-Canadian decent and he makes a joke about in about 300 years we will all be a certain shade of beige! So we may as well start going for it now….hilarious comic….I agree darker skin is nice and smooth compared with light skin with freckles…I got hairy legs and freckles and there is nothing sweeter than Asian skin.
Uhm … the above was supposed to be a reply to the top comment,
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Hahaha. Theyâ€™re two completely different races yet look really alike. Cool.
Itâ€™d kind of suck to be a lookalike, IMOâ€¦.
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Come on. Think of all the free sex from dumb women who really think heâ€™s Obama.
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yes thats right being a look a like to famous person would draw alot
The advert is from the Philippines. It shows “Philippine president Gloria Arroyo” hosting a dinner with “Barack Obama” who in turn experiences dyspepsia from overeating.
Ligaya and Itawag Ninyo sa Akin
That “woman” is not really a girl but a gay who is impersonating the Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The commercial is in fact a mocking of the two presidents of USA and Philippines.
maybe he should get intouch with Obamaâ€™s Parent to know if you are not His Twin brotherâ€¦.lol
am really sure that heâ€™s from Indonesia and will never be Obama twin brother and shouldnâ€™t try to be…
How is he indonesia…?
unless he’s from there and he’s shooting some kind of commercial in
I’m filipino..so i understood that..
He is indonesian because they are showing him on BBC, no I trust BBC over your dumb pilipi ass!
He’s Indonesian you idiot. The flip lady is the only one talking and she is talking in flip-English…until ‘Obama’ gets a heartburn (or diarrhea?) from her food, then she started flipping out in ‘flip’ (Tagalog). The guy’s an Indonesian photographer, but then the Filipinos wants to claim all things Asian.
He is an Indonesian. A photographer from my city, Bandung. Due to his popularity, Philipine company ask him to be a star.
LOLz! this is interesting.
You have one obama we have hundreds of, You can find all of them at Karachi’s area Lyari.
So I heard Obama’s mother lived in Indonesia, what if? He is not Kenyen? and really Indonesian, she just did want to tell him?
So now we know there are 2 ugly mugs in this world. Big Whoop.
He favors Obama, but he will never be him. I wonder how Obama feels about this? Have you noticed the news reporters saying Mr. Obama instead of President Obama? I have quite a few times and I can’t ever recall when they called George Bush Jr., Mr. Bush.
hes kenyan and american also i heard.
OMG the woman looked exact like Obama, WTF!!
I heard he was Half Spanish and 1/3 German, true story
I think hes ok, or maybe a little greased up about the issue, who knows, lets ask
what’s the difference?
that is awesome. he really does look very similar
Everyone and I mean everyone has seven look alikes in the world. So it is not surprising that Obama has a look alike, albeit a frail one. One down six to go! But Obama has a p[resence that cannot be matched. And he is more handsome, ha ha ha!
Know ye all, Obama is a Kenyan!
Which should prompt the question, is race relevant anymore?
If two individuals from so called different “races” can look alike, doesn’t that invalidate the concept of race, since each “race” supposedly has a very distinct and marked look?
I am an Indonesian and I don’t have mixed blood (at least both of my grandfather’s father were Indonesian) and in Australia, people thought me as a fiji or hawaians. While in Florida to Alabama, people thought me as Hispanic. While I met a Nepalese, they though I am a Nepalese.
the woman is a famous impersonator for gloria arroyo, the phil president. his (or her screen name) is ate glow. this is a famous ad here in the philippines.
i thought Ilham was a filipino until the net confirmed that he is indeed an indonesian.
yeah.. that’s ate glow.. and her (his) bubbly personality,
the obama look-alike is indonesian…… i thought he’s a philippino not until now… ^___^
Since when he is a Filipino?,
For 2 year I’ve been work with Ilham in potograph dept. At local magazine office in Jakarta..
Ilham Anas Are In Indonesian Television Commercial Too
In The Tango Indonesian Wafer Company Advertising 2 Version
Tango 1 VERSION
a kID Say Obama Hia Mother Glad Him And He Go To
And Second TV ADVERT Tango A PatiEnT Enter A Drug Shop He Want A Stomachace
Drug And He Say Obat Maag (Stomachace Drug)And The Shopkeeper Say Obama?
And Obama Come And say can i help you?
and Telkomsel Advert A Band OF Men Playing Golf He Call Obama By Murahansell(cheapsell) and oNE cALLED uSE Telkomsel
Its really cool,loved it !
Now our look a likes are getting outsourced to India.
haha I was stunned for a moment ;D
Now, just pray that osama is not fooled by ur disguise! Obama Lookalike = Obama – Security!!
wow if i saw him i would get my picture taken with him and then show it to all my friends like "i met Obama in Indonesia!"
lol not rly tho
Hey American, run DNA test for your president before you carch the wood since the second huspand of his mother was Asian.
Why the fuck did the women glide across the floor
The resemblance is uncanny! Hope you have much luck with your new 'fame' and what comes for it will certainly be great. Congratulations!
of course!!!!!!!! President Barack Obama is the most powerful man in the universe!!!!!
get your facts straigh people…
the obama look alike is indonesian..
but the commercial is filipino…
and the person you see playing a lady..
is.. well, not a lady…
All that pictures are indonesian actors – definitely
lol. people we all know what is it like to look like Obama. this guy must be proud, we know that he can fuck Obama’s wife. If I was him I would take that chance
This one here it really looks a like its from ecuador
Maybe an anorexian Obama…actually he is really scary to look at…
that is not form indonesia.. maybe the guy is but the ad is filipino made..