Growing up in a tough neighborhood in Compton, Los Angeles, DeMar DeRozan was one of the numerous NBA stars hoping to use their God-given basketball skills to make it out of the hood. Fortunately, that day finally came when the Toronto Raptors drafted him in 2009.
Since then, things have been completely different for “Deebo,” as he is now living his life away from violence and drug-related problems that affect any young kid growing up in such an environment. In fact, he has been enjoying partying with his friends and random fans…even as random as a Johnny Depp impersonator.
Fake Johnny Depp crashes DeMar’s birthday party
In August 2014, DeRozan was in a public place celebrating his birthday with some pals and fans. Out of nowhere, people in attendance noticed a guy who unbelievably looked exactly like the famous movie actor Johnny Depp walking towards the NBA star.
Apparently, everybody in the place knew it wasn’t the real Depp, including DeRozan. But when told about it, the then Raptors guard still acknowledged the man’s presence and said, “Yeah man! That’s my man!”
DeRozan was then asked by TMZ Sports what his favorite Depp movie is. As expected, “Deebo” replied, “Pirates of the Caribbean baby!” while pointing at the Depp wannabe, who happened to be Erez Peretz in real life, a young man who has made a living impersonating the Hollywood star.
After a few moments, DeRozan and Peretz chatted a bit and delighted the people by posing for a few photos together.
Deebo is a huge movie fan
Some may not know, but DeRozan is actually a big fan of movies. In fact, when the NBA season was stalled during the peak of the pandemic, “Deebo” decided to mimic one of the famous scenes from the 2002 film entitled “All About the Benjamins,” starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps, and uploaded it on social media.
Obviously, DeRozan’s acting skills are not as good as his basketball skills, but it wasn’t that bad either, and after all, people were still entertained.
As things stand, DeRozan has some time off as his current team Chicago Bulls are already eliminated from the playoffs. However, many expect the five-time NBA All-Star to bounce back stronger next year, having played the best season of his career this past campaign.
As for the real Depp, he is still in an ongoing legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, whom he sued for $50 million after claiming she has been a victim of physical abuse. On the other hand, Heard counter-sued the actor for $100 million.