The Men Who Would Be Mao

The Men Who Would Be Mao
Tommaso Bonaventura / Contrasto / Redux

Peng Tian, 47
Formerly a rural cadre from Hunan, Peng Tian first had his resemblance to Mao noticed by a theater manager in 2007. He has since studied at the Beijing Film Academy. He has also attempted to master the former leader's dialect and handwriting.

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