A New York man has become an instant internet star when footage of him impersonating Family Guy character Peter Griffin millions of hits in just 48 hours.
Robert Franzese, from Long Island, made Family Guy fans notice him when he took part in the Com Con comic book convention in Griffin’s trademark, green trousers and white shirt.
But it was when Franzese opened his mouth at the New York event to mimic the high-pitched character to perfection that Peter Griffin fans really freaked out.
Incredibly, in less than 48 hours, the video of the impersonator taken at the convention had racked up more than 3.5 million views and at the time of writing has been viewed more than 8.2 million times.
Additionally, Mr. Franzese got 22,000 more likes on his Facebook page, where Family Guy fans from around the world have been applauding his Peter Griffin likeness.
Mr. Franzese said that he knew he sounded like Peter Griffin from “very early on” and once he became a Family Guy fan in high school he began mimicking the Griffin’s voice. The visual impersonation came later.
Mr. Franzese said:
A lot of people get really excited when they see me dressed as Peter Griffin, but they get into what I like to refer to as overload excited when they hear me speak.
Since I have gone viral a few times now, sometimes I get recognised at shows.
Seth McFarlane, Family Guy’s creator, had shown his approval of Mr. Franzese’s impersonations by re-tweeting a video of him acting as Griffin, he said and added:
This has all been really amazing. The amount of support I’ve been receiving is mind-blowing. My ultimate goal in life is to become a voice actor.
It would be awesome to make a career out of going to conventions too.
And here is video of Robert Franzese thanking his new legions of fans:
1. Robert Franzese has became an internet star, by impersonating Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, right.
2. A video of Mr. Franzese impersonating Griffin at the Com Con comic book convention got 3.5 million hits in just 48 hours and he received 22,000 likes on Facebook.
3. Mr. Franzese said a lot of people ‘get really excited’ when they see him dressed as Griffin, but they get into ‘what I like to refer to an overload excited when they hear me speak’.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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