At last night’s L.A. premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Hannibal Buress, who plays Coach Wilson in it, walked the red carpet and did some interviews. The only problem is, despite what that lower third super would lead you to believe, that’s not Hannibal Buress, obviously.
For whatever reason, the real Hannibal didn’t want to go to the premiere, so Entertainment Weekly says he put out an open call on Twitter (which he has since deleted) yesterday afternoon asking for a look-a-like with “solid comedic timing” to go in his place. He reportedly asked all interested candidates to provide pictures, and if chosen, they would receive $500 compensation. When I first saw that picture above, I thought: damn, I didn’t realize Lamar Odom needed $500 that badly. But Hannibal’s fake is an actor and screenwriter from Los Angeles named Joe Carroll.
Hannibal tried to sell his fake Spider-Man premiere appearance by tweeting a screengrab of Joe being interviewed with the caption: “I’m out here at the @SpiderManMovie premiere. In theaters July 8th.” (Spider-Man: Homecoming actually hits theaters on July 7th). He also tweeted and Instagrammed a link to part of the interview.
The reporter called him Hannibal Paris, so it must be easy to fool someone with a fake Hannibal when they have no idea who he is in the first place.
Once EW picked up on the fact the real Hannibal Buress wasn’t there, he responded on Instagram with: “FOMO” (fear of missing out). When asked for comment, reps for Hannibal didn’t immediately get back to EW. Reps for Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios had no comment.
Maybe Hannibal’s point is that some people, like the Hannibal Paris reporter up there, don’t exactly do much research before hitting the red carpet with their giant microphones. Actually, it would be really funny to see how far Hannibal could go with this. The next time he’s needed on a red carpet, he should send a 70-year-old lady. You know there would be at least one person with a fake plastered-on smile that would be like “Hannibal, always great to see you!”
Here’s more from the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere last night. Not one person showed up in a creative Spider-Man-inspired ensemble covered in sticky white web drippings. Gosh, doesn’t anyone do a theme anymore?