Bono Impersonator Takes Costa Rica by Surprise

Whats New — By Sophia LaMonica on May 7, 2011 at 4:17 am

The nation’s leading newspaper La Nacion first reported yesterday that the lead singer of U2, Bono, was in Puntarenas, the largest province of the Nicoya Penninsula on the Pacific side of the country.  He’d apparently arrived by private boat with a small entourage including a professional photographer and spent the afternoon singing songs and answering questions with underprivileged children at the orphanage Hogar Monserrat,  followed by an evening of taking in the sunset and drinking beer at the local liquor store, Mar y Mar. A few hours later, the paper issued another article, revealing that the man who’d manage to fool almost everyone he’d encountered in Costa Rica, was not Bono afterall, but Pavel Sfera, a Yugoslavian-American man who has dedicated much of his adult life to impersonating the lead singer of U2. Pavel takes great pride in his uncanny ability to pull off his Bono impression; his website, leads with  a quote from Alison Hewson, Bono’s wife, who says: “He does look like him.”

Tags: Bono, Costa Rica, Pavel Sfera, Puntarenas, U2