A day in the life of Hollywood film star impersonators longing for the American Dream

Marilyn Monroe - April Q Russell

You’ve not stepped into a movie or back in time if you find yourself face to face with Marilyn Monroe or Superman along Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles is buzzing with plenty of people who dress up as legendary film stars and iconic characters, calling it their day job to be impersonators and pose for pictures with tourists.

Copenhagen-based photographer Ken Hermann captured his fascination for these performers, who “are – or once were – pursuing the American dream of becoming something special and famous. And, it is this struggle missed with the childish fantasy world I find interesting”. Hermann’s ‘Hollywood Street Characters’ series conveys the emotional complexity of those performers wishing to live out an American dream and unlock a separate, more idealised identity.

Via Flavorwire

Superman - Javier Francisco

Superman - Javier Francisco

Chewbacca - Jabari Farrow

Chewbacca - Jabari Farrow

Minnie Mouse - Milagro Aguiar

Minnie Mouse - Milagro Aguiar

Darth Vadar - Joe

Darth Vadar - Joe

Spiderman - Rashade Rouse

Spiderman - Rashade Rouse

Charlie Chaplin - Tobias Santiago

Charlie Chaplin - Tobias Santiago

Thor - Vasyl Litvynchuk

Thor - Vasyl Litvynchuk

Bumblebee - Victor Borboa

Bumblebee - Victor Borboa

Zorro - Jordi Iluch

Zorro - Jordi Iluch

Captain Boulevard - Jason Hughes

Captain Boulevard - Jason Hughes

Mad Hatter - Jason

Mad Hatter - Jason

Popeye - Ramses Zavola

Popeye - Ramses Zavola