Unemployed Man Finds Steady Work as “Superman” | NBC San Diego
It’s not easy being Superman.
It only earns about $160 a month for Avelino Chavez, who dresses up daily as the caped hero.
But oh, the adventures!
The 52-year-old Chavez can’t fly but does seem to be everywhere in Lima: at political rallies and speeches, at a wedding shoot for Peru’s famed opera tenor Juan Diego Florez, hawking tours and flights on behalf of a travel agency in the central Plaza de Armas.
“Hola Superman!” people shout to him.
“Hola, Superamigo!” he’ll shout back.
Chavez became a superhero 15 years ago after a failed go at bullfighting and jobs as a craftsman, laboratory worker and brothel security guard.
“I lost my job but realized that I could be Superman. I went to the store and bought a blue shirt and a cousin of mine who is a seamstress sewed the cape, the boots, the belt and the red tights,” he told The Associated Press.
He hasn’t lacked for work since.
What do you mean – he can’t fly???? Thanks for the tip.