It smells like he’s cooking up some good company: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson can now brag about joining the likes of Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Schumer, Prince Harry, Lady Gaga and Cardi B in the unofficial "Viral Celebrity Lookalike Hall of Fame."
Alabama’s Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Lieutenant Eric Fields is a doppelgänger for Johnson — and his growing global fan base has turned into something of a "running joke" over the last few years.
"I’ve been called The Rock and Vin Diesel’s love child," Fields, 37, told his local news outlet AL.com. "I go along with it. It’s humorous. It’s flattering. It could be worse people, I guess."
Hey, there are worse things than being constantly compared to the 49-year-old "uniter" many Americans would like to see run for president of the United States.
The muscle-bound law enforcement officer — who obviously shaves his head in the same style as Johnson — has even inspired fans to post dead-ringer comparisons of himself and the beloved movie star and WWE wrestling icon on TikTok.
A good sport, Fields is even known to bust out the former pro-wrestler’s legendary catchphrase — "Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" — under pressure from friends, co-workers and and fans.
"I don’t want to disappoint anybody," Fields said, and "It’s all part of getting involved with the community."
In fact, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department recently posted about one fan encounter on Facebook: "This gentlemen recently ran into Sgt. Mason and informed him he wanted to meet our Deputy that people say looks like ‘The Rock.’ Sgt. Mason passed that along and Lieutenant Fields was happy to swing by the Hartselle Walmart to see him. Tyler is one of their many hard workers and it was great to meet him and some of his coworkers!"
"The blessing was really for me because he had a spirit that was just such a great person to meet," Fields said. "He’s the real celebrity. Everybody knew him and loved him. It was a blessing to me. I go trying to bless someone else, and I come out with the blessing of meeting him. I wish the actual Rock could meet this kid. He’s the hometown hero."
But this guy isn’t just another pretty face — Fields is a veteran law enforcement officer with 17 years of service under his gun belt for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked at the jail, in investigations, as part the special victims unit and with at-risk kids before being sworn in as a Deputy US Marshal, according to his local outlet. He was later promoted to corporal, and then worked his way up from sergeant to lieutenant over patrol — for which he is now the tactical and firearms training instructor.
At the end of the day, this public servant wants his adoring public to know he’s not trying to be somebody he’s not.
"I don’t know. It’s flattering, but it’s also a little nerve-racking as far as what others expect I guess," he told AL.com. "I just plan on being me. I’ll cut up. I’m a big cut-up. If it comes up and somebody says that, I’ll play along. I really couldn’t be anybody but me. I’m just glad I could be part of someone’s happiness and laughter."