February 22, 2019 | 05:28 pm PT

Fourth grader stars in role as Kim Jong-un

Fourth grader stars in role as Kim Jong-un
After a haircut, To Gia Huy, (L) resembles a younger version of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo acquired by VnExpress

A fourth grader with a new haircut has added to pre-summit entertainment, achieving a close likeness to the North Korean leader.

Just several days ahead of the historic summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un scheduled to take place in Hanoi on February 27-28, Hanoians are being treated to some light-hearted entertainment in the form of impersonators of both leaders.

The Trump-Kim impersonator duo, Australian-Hongkongese Howard X and Russel White of hitherto unconfirmed nationality, took a walk in Hanoi yesterday and announced plans to taste local specialties.

Adding to the adult pair is To Gia Huy, a fourth-grade student who lives on Mai Hac De Street.

His marked resemblance to the North Korean leader has thrust him into international limelight, particularly after he was filmed by Reuters.

After the video was uploaded, Huy become a "Hollywood star," with crowds of Vietnamese reporters and those from international news agencies like AP, CNN and Bloomberg also wanting to see and talk to him.

Huy’s father To Thanh Tan told VnExpress that his family has received at least five to 10 messages a day from both local and foreign news channels, asking for permission to shoot Huy at the barber shop where he got his Kim Jong-un style haircut.  

"My son’s face normally looks very similar to the North Korean leader and after he had this haircut, everyone recognized the resemblance even more. 

"Many people say that I look like Kim Jong-un, especially when I have this hairstyle," said Huy, nicknamed "Un" for his likeness to the North Korean leader.

Huy studies at home. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tan

Huy does his homework at home. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tan

Currently, Huy’s family only allows any filming after Huy leaves for home from school at around 5 p.m. 

Huy seems eager to get back to his normal life.

"I feel happy with this haircut because people think I look like the leader of North Korea. At school, some friends have also asked to take photos with me," Huy told VnExpress.

"But I want to go back to life like before and focus more on my studies."