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A Russian Leonardo DiCaprio doppelgänger has blamed Covid-19 for ruining his career and causing people to forget about him.
Roman Burtsev, 39, obtained a degree of fame in his own right after his uncanny resemblance to the Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio was noticed and he made headlines around the world.
Now he says instead of going back into the world of looking life a famous person and trying to make a living from it, he's going to shift some weight and wants nothing more than a wife and kids.
Speaking about the struggles he experienced, Burtsev said that the coronavirus pandemic thwarted his plans for international fame.
He said: "The problems began with the introduction of restrictions in April 2020 and now people have forgotten about me."
While before, people in big cities would ask to pose for selfies with the lookalike, he said that the pandemic had put an end to all that.
Wearing a face mask might indeed impede people's ability to spot the likeness between the Hollywood star and his Russian doppelgänger.
Burtsev, who said he currently lives in a two-room council flat with his parents and cats, had signed contracts with advertisers but they pulled out after he proved unable to lose weight.
But now Burtsev says that he is on the right path again, adding: "I tried many methods for weight loss before finding my own and am now in the process of losing weight."
Burtsev, who said that he was not currently in a relationship, added that he plans to reach his target weight so he will be 'on top' by 'New Year 2022'.
He added that his plans for the future are simple and can be summed up as 'family, children, home'.
Previously, Burtsev had achieved recognition by appearing in various adverts, including one for Five Lakes vodka.
After having to change industry and start working in cryptocurrencies, the DiCaprio lookalike, who has a background in IT, now dreams of being able to afford a house in Crimea.
Burtsev said that he currently earns just 50,000 RUB a month, which is £513 or $701.