Alan Garner (played by Zach Galifianakis) from The Hangover trilogy is one of the funniest and most memorable characters to come out of Hollywood in recent years. But now that Galifianakis has slimmed down and looks almost nothing like his socially inept on-screen persona, Alan is presumed dead.
With zero Hangover movies in the pipeline, the real Alan will be seen no more – except in Las Vegas, where his doppelganger is often invited at parties for money and gags.
Thaddeus Kalinoski is well-known at clubs and casinos of Sin City, thanks to his uncanny resemblance with the character Galifianakis portrayed on the big screen. He has spent the past four years being a paid guest to Vegas' wild parties and imitating Alan – a gig that pays him as much as $1,000 a night.
In an interview with Daily Mail Online, Kalinoski said: "Becoming Alan has changed my life forever, I now live the life in Las Vegas partying round the clock and all because I look like a guy from a film. I still have to pinch myself that I actually make a living doing this. Every day I live out my life like I am in The Hangover with some of the adventures being as crazy as what people saw in the film.
"At first, when I started this, it was a way of getting my head clear, and I thought it would be a short term thing. I never imagined it would become a kind of second career. However, now it is my life and no two days are the same. I have had some of the craziest nights out partying with people, and have laughed non-stop about the whole process – it's the best thing that ever happened to me."
But Kalinoski's life as Alan's real-life clone wasn't his choice. He was a restaurant manager in Philadelphia and very fond of his job. But the long working hours took a toll on his marriage, which eventually ended in a divorce.
He drifted into depression, put on a lot of weight and grew a dark bushy beard like Alan's. That's when he realized how similar he looked to the Hangover character.
"People started telling me when I was out at night that I looked like him," Kalinoski added. "So for kicks I decided to see if there was some money in doing this as a part time job to earn some extra cash. I moved to Atlantic City to see what people thought and I had some fun, but then me and my buddy went to Vegas for a weekend away - and it all changed."
His resemblance even got him hired as Galifianakis' stunt double in the final Hangover movie. In Vegas, he is almost a celebrity and manages to bag $250,000 every year without ever asking anyone for money. Naturally, he is very popular among the ladies too and says the parties he goes to on a nightly basis are just as wild as they were in the movie.
While the perks of being Alan's look alike are great, Kalinoski says he doesn't see it as a lifelong gig because the constant drinking and the nightlife takes its toll on his health.
"I cannot see myself doing this for more than a few more years," he added. "It is fun, but it is hard on my liver and my sleep patterns. I am not sure how long the fascination with the movies will last. But it's been an unbelievably great ride."