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Real people you thought were fake?

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As a kid, did you ever struggle with understanding the difference between someone who was real and someone who played a character in a show or movie? I mean yes of course we all have, I suppose that’s part of being human huh xD But here, let me give you an example.

When I was a kid, I loooved Pee-wee’s Playhouse. I would watch it almost everyday with my dad and my uncle. But see, sometimes I would also see Pee-wee in other things like commercials and specials. But it wasn’t “the man who plays Pee-wee”, it was just always him in character. At this point in life, I was just beginning to understand that actors and actresses were a thing. So to see this guy in character even outside his show? It really had me befuddled. It was probably my first time ever -not- seeing an actor out of character. At the time I was too young to really comprehend, so I genuinely wasn’t sure if he was real or not.

Another one would probably have to be Marilyn Manson. This one I will admit, hit me much later in life. It was in junior high and I remember receiving these weird, CD parody cards. No idea how I came to be the owner of several unopened packs, but I had them. In this particular set, there was a single Manson themed card in every pack. When they were all put together, the cards would make a joke image of Manson (it’s semi nsfw, not linking it here). From then on I would notice them popping up more and more in parody, but never once would I hear anything about the real person. So for a while, I kind of just thought they didn’t exist in real life. So much so that it actually shocked me when I found out they were.

So what I’m wondering is, has that ever happened to you?

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