When you look like the most hated man in America, life can be pretty difficult. Random people stopping you on the street threatening to punch your teeth in can make things pretty stressful. Trying to graduate from university with all your bones in one piece can be doubly so.
That’s the life that 20-year-old Graham Dunn leads, and he wouldn’t wish it on his worst enemy.
A dramatic writing student at NYU, he hopes to graduate into writing for TV. He also hopes to live to see the day, since he has a terrible resemblance to Martin Shkreli. You know, the guy who jacked up prices on drugs that treated AIDS and cancer by 5000 percent just so he could make a buck? Or how about the guy who spent $2 million just to buy the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin just so he could say he owned it and nobody else could? Or how about the guy who got booted off Twitter for just be an all-around asshole?
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For Dunn, this more-than-passing physical similarity has made getting around downtown Manhattan a treacherous move, but he says he’s built up a thick skin to people grabbing him in the middle of the street.
“I just kind of laugh it off and say, ‘Yeah, I'm kind of smarmy and weird-looking, but I can't change that,’” he said in an interview with Complex and recounting the first time he was stopped in the street for his doppelganger appearance.
“I think the scariest one was at night time, just because it was a person who seemed to have been personally affected by Shkreli and his actions,” Dunn said. “They seemed genuinely vengeful toward me. I wasn't sure what would happen if I were Martin Shkreli.”
Although people have certainly been aggressive towards him, Dunn says it so far has never come to blows. “I think most people at least check before they take it to that stage,” he said.
Over the years since Shkreli rose to the single most despised human in living memory, Dunn says he’s developed a standard response to those occasions when people stop him. “I say something along the lines of, ‘No, but don't you wish I was?’ I try to make a joke out of everyone's shared hatred of this person. Something we can all relate to.”
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Thankfully for Dunn, he says that those harrowing halts to his day are less frequent lately, and he’s trying to keep it that way. “I'm trying to move myself away from how he looks physically, taking a little bit better care of myself.”