ACTOR David Schwimmer has responded to an appeal for a ‘Ross from Friends’ lookalike thief with a spoof video pleading his innocence.
Yesterday, police in Blackpool, Lancashire, released an image of a suspected thief – who bore an uncanny resemblance to the actor – holding a crate of beer.
After their appeal, the force was inundated with thousands of comments pointing out the similarity to Schwimmer’s Friends character, Ross Geller.
Now the actor has responded to prove he wasn’t in the English seaside resort – by posting a spoof video of himself ‘stealing’ a crate of beer in New York.
— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me,” he posted on social media. “As you can see, I was in New York.”
Schwimmer wished the force well in their hunt for the real thief.
In just three hours, the actor’s video had been viewed over 5million times on social media.
As with Blackpool Police’s original appeal, Schwimmer’s video response drew thousands of Friends-inspired replies, including from the force themselves.
“Thanks for being there for us David Schwimmer,” they posted on Facebook, referencing the show’s theme song. “We appreciate your support!”
Others got even more creative…
The One Where Ross Gets In The Beers pic.twitter.com/jLVGD3NmgJ
— Andy Cowell (@TheAndyCowell) October 24, 2018
It all started with a few mini shampoo from a hotel.
— Ceith Davison (@Misterdee1983) October 24, 2018
To get all that beer out the door you're going to have to... pic.twitter.com/EuBop47Lh5
— The Scary Cat in My Brain (@PoorColby) October 24, 2018
Many meanwhile suspected it was Russ – Ross’ lookalike from season two of the sitcom.
It's clearly Russ... pic.twitter.com/EExJcDrN8k
— Jenny Devaney (@jen_devaney) October 24, 2018
Don't worry David, We all know it was really RUSS pic.twitter.com/pSIrp0Z41t
— RAZOR DROWN 🎃 (@FrazerBrown) October 24, 2018
Beer dude looks more like Russ than Ross. pic.twitter.com/jdc0W38xbK
— Bekah Berger (@BekahBerger) October 24, 2018
Most people though praised the star for his response and being such a good sport about the social media storm his doppelganger created.
Anyone with information about the actual thief (pictured below) is asked to email Blackpool Police on [email protected] quoting log LC-20180920-0670.