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An Interview With The IMSA Marshall Everyone Thought Was Brad Pitt At The Daytona 24

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It’s kind of a big deal that Brad Pitt is making a movie about Formula One and that he was filming for weeks at Daytona, including filming during the actual Daytona (Almost) 24-Hour Race last weekend. At one point, much of the Internet was convinced that Brad Pitt managed to sneak into the race as a marshall on pit lane. That wasn’t actually Brad Pitt, but I got to speak to the guy confused for the hunky actor, and he’s been enjoying the confusion.

“How does it feel to be mistaken for Brad Pitt? Not as good as if he were mistaken for me but it’s definitely providing a lot of fun for family and friends,” Todd Godek, the long-time motorsports tech official and firefighter who was mistaken for Pitt, told me.

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Why did people think Todd was Brad Pitt? There’s a pretty good reason. Brad Pitt was really there, being a fake race car driver and hanging around the race track. Here, you can see him in this video from Parker below:

As reported by the AP, Brad Pitt has been at Daytona filming scenes for his new F1 movie, the plot of which involves Pitt as Sonny Hayes, an old driver who has an accident and sort of washes out and becomes a sports car driver, which isn’t the worst fate for an old F1 driver. Hayes is brought back into F1 to help mentor a younger driver, which is also kind of the plot to Driven. As the AP reports, the film was a bit of a nuisance to some at the track:

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His presence has been a bit of a headache to many of the other drivers in the field, mainly because of the heavy security at the driver motorhome lot, where Pitt has a spot for his downtime during filming. IndyCar driver Scott McLaughlin complained he was denied access to his motorhome because he wasn’t carrying his credential for entry — an unusual rejection for an athlete clearly in uniform coming directly from the racecar.

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, a regular in the Daytona infield lot, said he’s been bumped to an overflow lot, same for many of the top drivers in the race. Among them? Former F1 champion Jenson Button and IndyCar driver Colton Herta, who wondered if he should ask Pitt for advice on how to make it into F1.

Lol.

At one point during the beginning of the race photographer Jack Webster noticed an official in the pits that looked like Pitt and Sports Car Daily even ran a story claiming it was maybe him (they’ve since updated the piece). IMSA confirmed to The Autopian that it was not, in fact, Brad Pitt but Todd, who has been an official and participant in motorsports for decades. This was his 20th or 21st Rolex 24, he’s not quite sure.

“This Rolex 24, I was serving as a tech official on the lane and I believe the tech officials were in the older fire suits to differentiate from the pit-lane officials so maybe that made me stand out, leading to the mistaken identity,” he explained.

It’s not an unreasonable mistake to make given that Todd does have a similar physique. Here’s a younger shot of Todd, a firefighter for 25 years, in a calendar that raises money for the local children’s hospital.

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Photo courtesy of Todd Godek

Of course, that was “younger and in-shape me” Todd joked when he sent the photo. Pitt is supposed to be an aging and “washed up” ex-racer, but he still looks like Brad Pitt and Todd has aged quite well. Here’s a more updated picture from this weekend:

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While Todd didn’t get to talk to his celebrity doppelganger, he says he saw Pitt filming during the week. This also wasn’t Todd’s first brush with a celebrity:

Back in the GRAND-AM days, I was having a conversation with Patrick Dempsey at Barber Motorsports Park as a couple walked up to us politely and patiently waiting for our conversation to finish. Patrick walked away and the couple asked me If there were any famous drivers here at the track. They had heard Rusty Wallace was going to be there and asked if I knew where he was. I paused for a brief moment bewildered, they had not even recognized “McDreamy.” I replied to the woman, “Do you know who you were just standing right next to?” She couldn’t believe it when I told her and was almost in tears. Luckily, he came back by, I was able to introduce him, and they got their selfie.

Dempsey has been a long-time fixture in motorsports and is also, by all accounts, a friendly dude.

I asked Todd if he had a favorite memory working these races and he said there were so many that it’s hard for him to separate out a favorite, but being mistaken for Brad Pitt “will be up there with some of the top stories,” especially since his fellow race officials have been sending memes about it to one another. This is a story you can ride for a good 10-15 years.

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Freddy Bartholomew
Freddy Bartholomew
20 days ago

It has been mentioned that I look like Paul Giamatti. I don’t mind, since I’m more than 10 years his senior. At another time in Manhattan, I was mistaken for a priest from Puerto Rico. This is harder to understand, since I’m a Jewish guy born in Manhattan with Eastern European roots.

Nick Fortes
Nick Fortes
20 days ago

I used to get a couple doppelganger mentions in my younger days a few people including one of my co-workers used to say I look like The Rock because I have vaguely Asian Pacific features. It was to the point that he would just call me Rocky at work. And then I would also get Tiger Woods as well if I was wearing a baseball cap.

121gwats
121gwats
21 days ago

The calendar photo looks more like Mark Wahlberg than Brad Pitt.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
21 days ago

I often get mistaken for The Child Catcher. Which is amusing because I am in fact, The Child Catcher.

OrigamiSensei
OrigamiSensei
21 days ago

I get mistaken for the Heat Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus and Poindexter from Revenge of the Nerds, so I’ve got that going for me.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
21 days ago

Todd looks taller and in better shape. I think Brad should be complimented to the comparison. I remember the 70s McDonald’s used to brag their burger was as good as homemade. Only for a company to come out with a 2 burger home fryer that makes burgers as good as McDonald’s.
Let’s be clear a good homemade BBQ Burger is better than McDonald’s, and McDonald’s is only good at marketing crappy unhealthy food. Brad is the famous crappy food Todd is the healthy better person.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
20 days ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

I never thought I’d find myself in an internet comment section defending rich celebrities but this seemed … unnecessary and mean.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
20 days ago
Reply to  Pupmeow

My apologies to Brad.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
20 days ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

I’ll let him know. 😉

Whatsanautopian
Whatsanautopian
21 days ago

once, years ago, i got a ‘you look like christopher reeve’, which was nice. but then, she added ‘… before the accident’, like that was a necessary clarification.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
21 days ago

Hahaha if there was ever a time you’d expect to hear a record scratch in real life, that would be it

Whatsanautopian
Whatsanautopian
21 days ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

haha, true for most people. this happened at a very cult-vibes church camp as a teenager. as such, both of us were equally socially awkward and unaware. like, what’s a record scratch unaware. homeschool-so-the-world-doesn’t-corrupt-you unaware. i’m sure she was being helpful by clarifying, lol… strange times for me back then but that’s a wonderful memory 🙂

Ben
Ben
21 days ago

That Patrick Dempsey story is solid gold too.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
21 days ago

Hey, being mistaken for Mr. Pitt isn’t too Brad. Not Brad at all.

Christian Harberts
Christian Harberts
20 days ago
Reply to  Mechjaz

COTD 😉

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
21 days ago

It’s said everyone has a doppelganger, and you could do a lot worse than Brad Pitt. When I was young, a girl spotted French singer David Hallyday in a magazine and demanded to know what I was doing in it.

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
21 days ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

I once got Josh Hartnett (this was circa 2004ish)

And if I squint, I guess I can see it. However mostly I don’t. I still appreciate the polishing the ego got from that one, though

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
21 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

Some people say I look like Dan Aykroyd, and they don’t usually mean that as a positive

Last edited 21 days ago by Ranwhenparked
StillNotATony
StillNotATony
21 days ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

Ghostbusters Dan Akroyd or current weirdo Dan Akroyd?

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
21 days ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

Middle aged Dan Aykroyd, I think, maybe around Ghostbusters II?

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
21 days ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

Sorry, I believe you mean:

Ghostbusters Dan Akroyd or Nothin But Trouble Dan Akroyd?

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
21 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

I saw that in the theater. My girlfriend worked there, so at least I didn’t pay to see that abomination.

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
21 days ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

I saw it at a young age, and tragically I’m still in love with Chevy Chase’s work, so its still a classic to me.

Sometimes its good to just turn the brain off.

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
21 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

And do the Humpty Dance!!

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
21 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

Unexplained Mysteries Dan Ackroyd? Maybe there is a reason celebrities die young.

Defenestrator
Defenestrator
12 days ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

He was a weirdo around Ghostbusters, too. Apparently his character was.. pretty close to just him.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
21 days ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

Hey in college a few of my fraternity brothers said I looked like some random guy they saw in a point movie. Never understood if I should be flattered, nervous, or bewhiskered

Strangek
Strangek
21 days ago

What a hunk!

10MM Socket
10MM Socket
21 days ago

Enjoy the ride Mr Godek!

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