Donald Trump is coming to London this Halloween – as Trump impersonators have been selected to play the US President for a scare-fest at the London Bridge Experience.
The spine-tingling Phobophobia event is billed as a Hillibillies Halloween, and sees Trump joined by super-fan Cletus and his family, who have moved to London Bridge to promote Make America Great Again.
The News spoke this week to the event’s Trump impersonators to find out just how you can pass for a president to give everyone the chills during the spooky season.
Spencer K Gibbins, pictured, said: “The main thing is obviously looking like him. For a start as soon as you play him, you have to get into his mind-set.
“You have to get the gestures right, you have got to hear his accent and you’ve got to get as close to his voice as you can.”
The actor bears a remarkable similarity to the politician and said he has been doing the lookalike on-and-off since Mr Trump took office in January last year.
The entertainer, who insisted he was aged 39, recommends watching YouTube for any budding impersonators.
He said: “You have to rehearse and you need to pick up all these nuances. Go to YouTube and see when he’s in a good mood, when he’s in a bad mood – get all those sides of him.”
James Moxson-Browne will be playing the character during a radio broadcast at the event on October 31st, and has been using YouTube videos to practise the former Apprentice tycoon’s distinctive voice.
The theatre-trained actor, who lives in Shepherd’s Bush, said the trick to capturing Trump’s way of speaking is to talk as if you have a cold.
He said: “He always sounds like has a cold – like he’s been up all night.
“He places emphasis on random words as well. It makes it so a lot of what he says doesn’t make sense.”
Trump’s mannerisms are also important, he added.
“Trump always purses his lips, and has a sideways smile when he’s pleased with himself,” said James, who works in the tourism industry and has previously played Dracula.
“And he does an ‘OK’ sign with his hands when he’s speaking which he uses to punctuate words.”
Despite looking like the world’s most divisive statesman, there are some unexpected bonuses for a Trump look-a-like, explained Spencer.
“I’ve been all over the world over the last year-and-a-half and everywhere I got stopped and they all wanted photographs,” he said. “It’s good – it means I get seats in restaurants!”
The Phobophobia event runs from 6pm-10pm at the London Bridge Attraction on October 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st.
Tickets are available online at www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com.
The impersonators’ top Trump tips:
• The main thing is looking like him, said Spencer, meaning a comb-over and tie will be needed
• Study him on YouTube, says Spencer, to get all sides of him
• James points out he always sounds like he has a cold – so practise your sniffles
• He uses an ‘OK’ gesture with his hands while he talks, said James, and uses it to punctuate words
• Rehearsal is key, said entertainer Spencer – so try, try and try again to master the Trump impersonation