Even The Rock did a double take when discovering he had a viral doppelgänger.
His response? “Oh S–t! Wow,” the shocked star tweeted alongside a pic of his newfound lookalike wearing a police uniform.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 49, also wrote that the pictured cop is “way cooler” than himself, and urged the officer to “stay safe” before saying “thank you for your service.”
Photos of Johnson’s uncanny lookalike surfaced on social media a few days ago, with outlets identifying the officer as Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Lieutenant Eric Fields of Alabama.
Turns out he’s garnered quite the following.
“I’ve been called The Rock and Vin Diesel’s love child,” Fields, 37, told his local news outlet AL.com. “I go along with it. It’s humorous. It’s flattering. It could be worse people, I guess.”
The police officer responded to Johnson’s initial tweet with a friendly, “Thanks brother & cheers,” along with a reference to the movie star’s offer to share some Teremana Tequila.
Fields has said there are worse people to look like for sure, and admitted he has even played along with his eerie resemblance to The Rock. Encouraged by co-workers and friends, he’s known to use the former pro-wrestler’s catchphrase: “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?”
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department actually posted about one fan encounter on Facebook, writing, “This gentlemen recently ran into Sgt. Mason and informed him he wanted to meet our Deputy that people say looks like ‘The Rock.’ Sgt. Mason passed that along and Lieutenant Fields was happy to swing by the Hartselle Walmart to see him. Tyler is one of their many hard workers and it was great to meet him and some of his coworkers!”
“The blessing was really for me because he had a spirit that was just such a great person to meet,” Fields said. “He’s the real celebrity. Everybody knew him and loved him. It was a blessing to me. I go trying to bless someone else, and I come out with the blessing of meeting him. I wish the actual Rock could meet this kid. He’s the hometown hero.”
But Fields isn’t just a hot cop. In fact, he’s been a law enforcement officer for 17 years in Morgan County. He’s worked at the jail, in investigations, with at-risk kids and in the special victims unit prior to being a Deputy US Marshal. Then, he was promoted to a corporal, a sergeant and now a lieutenant, and currently works as the tactical and firearms training instructor.
Despite his hunky looks, Fields is humble at heart, and said he isn’t trying to be someone he’s not.
“I don’t know. It’s flattering, but it’s also a little nerve-racking as far as what others expect I guess,” he told AL.com. “I just plan on being me. I’ll cut up. I’m a big cut-up. If it comes up and somebody says that, I’ll play along. I really couldn’t be anybody but me. I’m just glad I could be part of someone’s happiness and laughter.”