A computer programmer with no acting experience, who dreams of getting a Hollywood role as a corpse, has created a bizarre website to show just how good he would be at the job.
On deadbodyguy.com, 47-year-old Chuck Lamb is pictured playing dead in a variety of increasingly outlandish poses, all photographed by his devoted wife Tonya.
The father-of-six is shown apparently having been electrocuted in the bath, crushed by his garage door and slumped face down in a bowl of chicken soup.
A caption above the picture reads “Dying from the bird flu”.
Other shots show Mr Lamb hanged by his tie from a ceiling fan, being mauled by an Alsatian and with a pair of scissors stuck in his eye – fake blood, prepared by Tonya, dripping down his face.
In a section listing his top 10 reasons why he should get a lifeless role, he writes: “NO HAIR ON MY BACK!!!!! ’No one wants to see that! Even on a dead body’.”
The site has become a runaway success since it was launched in December, getting nearly a million hits from intrigued web-surfers in 85 countries.
Mr Lamb, who works for an insurance company in Columbus, Ohio, said he set the site up after realising that although his lifelong dream of becoming a famous actor might not be realistic, anybody could play dead.
Desperate to get his name in the credits of a film or TV programme just once, he decided posing as a corpse might just win him a role.
But he was amazed by the speed and size of the reaction, telling the New York Times: “Isn’t it incredible? I had no idea it would blow up like this.”
Emails with a link to the site spread like wildfire and by the end of its first three weeks it had got 300,000 hits.
And although Mr Lamb has had no film offers so far, he has been invited to the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, to receive a special achievement award for self-promotion.
He also plans to play dead on the red carpet as the stars step over him.
Mr Lamb pledged that he would not give up the site until he had achieved his original aim.
On the site’s “Dead body guy bio”, Mr Lamb explains: “I still watch every bit of the credits of a show or movie to see all of the people it takes to make it.
“Key grips, best boys and personal assistants are all included. I close my eyes and see DEAD BODY … played by … ME!”
No-one, he says, can “lay around” like him.