Will Smith has a “twin” in Latin America and probably doesn’t know it. Yhasual Avila, a former Venezuelan police officer who migrated to Peru, is the best double of the American actor, causing a sensation on the internet.
Ávila is based on one of Smith’s most memorable roles, that of Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (The Prince of Rap, in Latin America), to imitate him. But he calls himself “The Peruvian Will Smith”, or “The Prince of the People”.
Thus, he is seen on the streets of Lima wearing a cap with the visor to one side, a suit and sunglasses, with the characteristic gesture of surprise.
“Something very wonderful to be able to feel the love of the public. When they see me on the streets, this always happens.” Ávila said before the Telemundo cameras.
The story of Yhasual Ávila, the Latin American Will Smith
The former police officer came from Venezuela with his family, fleeing the crisis in the Caribbean country. He slept on the streets, worked as a waiter and food delivery man, until, at one point, he turned his physical resemblance to Smith into his new way of working.
Now he lives in a small room, which he describes as “his palace”, with his wife and two daughters. He hopes, with the fruit of his work, to get a better home for the women in his life.
“Everyone was asking me if I wasn’t the long-lost son of Will Smith, the Fresh Prince of Rap. People who came in their luxury cars stopped to say hello and take photos with me, ”he indicated.
“As Will Smith says, ‘while others sleep, you have to work for what you want’. So it has been, while others slept I was studying every detail, every movement, every mime.
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“I do shows on birthdays, I perform at weddings, animations. Soon I will perform in nightclubs, ”Ávila tells Telemundo. Ávila will continue dancing through the streets of Lima, waiting to one day meet the real Will Smith.
A Smith who, by the way, was in Ecuador recently recording a documentary, one of his first outings after the famous incident with Chris Rock at the Oscar Awards ceremony.