Have you ever been mistaken for someone else? It's happened once or twice to me in my lifetime and then it happened again today, by email. I think anyone who has an interest in Cambodia will have seen the film, The Killing Fields, which highlighted Cambodia's recent past so vividly in the mid-80s. In one scene, when the western journalists are holed-up in the French Embassy and desperately trying to save the skin of their fixer, Dith Pran, they hatch a plan to use an expired passport of Jon Swain. His two middle names are Anketell Brewer
and the idea was to substitute a photo of Pran and scrub out the first and last names, Jon Swain. The plan failed but it remains a tear-jerking moment in the film. So back to today. I received an email that stated the following:Next, I found your name and saw your website, and remembered : Andy Brouwer - Dith Pran - Sidney Schanberg.So, I understood that it's certainly you, the owner of the passport, the name repeated by the actor Haing S. Ngor (Dith Pran) in the famous film of Roland Joffe.
I had to write back to the correspondent and set the record straight. That I am Andy Brouwer, but I am not Anketell Brewer. More's the pity.
Labels: The Killing Fields