Stop Mistaking IndyCar's Simon Pagenaud For The Bad Guy From Talladega Nights

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French IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud bears an uncanny resemblance to French antagonist Jean Girard from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. TMZ, of course, asked if there was any relation between Pagenaud and the character and apparently that’s a question Pagenaud gets a lot.

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Many of us would be rather timid about asking this. I mean, you can’t just assume that every French racing driver is Sacha Baron Cohen’s character from Talladega Nights. There’s a certain visual resemblance between Pagenaud and Jean Girard, though. I think it’s the sideburns.

But no, TMZ went for it at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, and receives a chuckle from Pagenaud in response:

I get that every day—not on the street, actually. Every day on the race track. Yeah, it happens a lot. It’s been going on for a lot of years.

He continued:

Yeah, I’m about over it. I’ve had enough of it. They need to come out with a new movie.

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So au contraire, Ricky Boobies, Pagenaud would like to make it known that he’s not the infamous Jean Girard, but he’s totally down for being Cohen’s stunt double if they make another film:

I could be a stunt double, I guess. ... Let’s do it. Look at this face. The accent, man, you did it really well, I’ve got to say.

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Phew. I’m glad that’s settled. Although I’m usually anti-sequels-of-movies-I-love, there’s no shortage of material from this weekend alone that could serve as inspiration.

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