He’s the Persian version.
Images of a Johnny Depp lookalike taking part in a solemn Muslim religious ceremony in Iran have gone viral in Middle Eastern social media circles.
The Depp doppelganger — sporting the actor’s distinctive hair, goatee and shades — was pictured at the Shia festival of Ashura this past week in the northern city of Tabriz, Iran.
One clip of the mystery man features him raising ceremonial sticks as part of a ritual.
The striking resemblance drew a flood of theories online, with some wondering if the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star had abandoned Hollywood following his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard and decamped to Iran to regroup.Sal’es at the Shia festival of Ashura this past week in Tabriz, Iran. @dev.charlieThe real Depp just landed a seven-figure deal to remain the face of Christian Dior’s Sauvage cologne. Getty Images
Local media outlets eventually identified Depp’s Tabrizi twin as Iranian model Amin Sal’es, who appears to style himself after the American star on his modest Instagram page.
Publicity from his appearance at the gathering boosted his follower count, which currently stands at 10,000 despite only featuring seven posts.
Some outlets reported that Sal’es has secured several gigs with local Iranian agencies solely due to his resemblance to the “Edward Scissorhands” actor.
One poster noted that the newly viral Iranian also advises applicants to college in addition to modeling.
Meanwhile, the real Depp recently landed a seven-figure deal to remain the face of the Christian Dior cologne Sauvage.