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A Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike has claimed the Covid pandemic has killed his career.
Roman Burtsev, from Russia, is still living with his parents despite his resemblance to the Wolf of Wall Street star sending him viral in 2016.
The 39-year-old, who lives with his parents and cat, was inundated with modelling gigs and even appeared in a vodka advert as DiCaprio's doppelganger.
However, Roman fears people have now forgotten about him after having to wear a mask due to Covid, leaving the public unable to spot the resemblance to the famous movie star.
He claims that he would be hounded for photos by fans of the actor when visiting large cities.
Speaking to the The Mirror, Roman said: "The problems began with the introduction of restrictions in April 2020 and now people have forgotten about me."
The lookalike also claims his struggles to lose weight during the period have also caused advertisers to pull out of deals.
Roman is now in the process of getting into shape with his eyes set on hitting his target weight at the beginning of next year.
He said: "I tried many methods for weight loss before finding my own and am now in the process of losing weight."
Roman was regularly appearing in various adverts, including one for Five Lakes Vodka, before he took up a job working in cryptocurrency.
But he had to leave the position at after bosses were reportedly unhappy with his continued requests to take time off for his lookalike work, which including adverts and photoshoots.
Roman’s plans are much simpler for the future as he looks to get healthy and settle down by starting a family and getting himself his own home, but he is not currently in a relationship.
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His aim is now to raise funds to afford a house in Crimea with his current monthly salary being RUB 50,000 (£515).
His family currently live in a two-room council flat in Podolsk, an industrial city on the outskirts of the capital Moscow.
Burtsev hopes to be bale to buy a house soon now that his sister has started university.
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