A Walter White lookalike has gone viral after a police mugshot caught the attention of Breaking Bad fans.
An image of Todd Barrick Jr was posted on Facebook by officers from Galesburg Police Department in Illinois, who said the 50-year-old is wanted in connection with a probation violation.
The force's followers, though, were less interested in his alleged discretion and more focused – with his bald head, goatee beard and glasses – on his resemblance to Bryan Cranston's character in the much loved AMC TV show.
Heads are turning for “Breaking Bad” fans after the Galesburg, Illinois Police Department shared the mugshot of a m… https://t.co/uOI2FPBHb7— CBS 42 (@CBS 42) 1568142855.0
Referencing Walter White's alias in the show, one said “Heisenberg is Alive!!", while another quoted one of the character's most memorable lines, commenting:
“Say my name!!!"
Another wrote that he was "in the house with a pizza on the roof" and several people suggested the whole thing was a stunt by Netflix to promote the upcoming Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, which is to be released on the streaming platform next month.
The police department in Galesburg, IL shared a mugshot for an outstanding warrant for Todd W. Barrick, Jr. who is… https://t.co/jSbMd1dp1v— Eric Alper 🎧 (@Eric Alper 🎧) 1568313135.0
No, that's not Walter White, but he is wanted on probation violation from meth charge.The Galesburg Police Departme… https://t.co/vu4OQBnaY2— KSL Newsradio (@KSL Newsradio) 1568169000.0
Breaking Bad tells the story of a high school chemistry teacher who starts to produce methamphetamine to provide money for his family after he is diagnosed with cancer.
Walter White? 🤔 An Illinois man was arrested for meth possession and everyone thinks he looks like the… https://t.co/PCr5hI9zN7— Complex (@Complex) 1568300030.0
To make the resemblance even more striking, at 50 Barrick Jr is the same age White was at the start of the series.
Meth user's mugshot is spitting image of Breaking Bad's Walter White https://t.co/fOKLPKx3GY https://t.co/auY8saKOoa— New York Post (@New York Post) 1568147683.0
The police in Galesburg, Illinois are looking for a 50-year-old guy named Todd Barrick . . . who looks REMARKABLY l… https://t.co/mvdex3l9lH— Falen (@Falen) 1568208153.0
It is not the first time police have sought help looking for someone who resembles as well known TV character.
David Schwimmer Blackpool thief PA Wire/PA Images
Last month, a man was jailed for theft and fraud offences after he went viral when a picture of him released by Lancashire Police was compared to Ross Geller from the sitcom Friends, played by David Schwimmer.
David Schwimmer lookalike jailed for Blackpool thefts https://t.co/qpFhn6T2tl— The Guardian (@The Guardian) 1565890060.0
Schwimmer played along by posting a video of himself recreating the image on his Twitter account.
Actor David Schwimmer posted the perfect response to a viral story identifying him as a suspect in a Blackpool rest… https://t.co/tCAtUlbh6L— Sky News (@Sky News) 1540414191.0