After six days in a coma, a 25-year-old from Birmingham, England woke up speaking fluent French and thinking that he was Matthew McConaughey. You know what I like about horrific traffic accidents, man? You almost stop getting older (because you could die) and you wake up as a famous American actor during peak McConaissance.
Rory Curtis, a barber, was severely injured when he hit the back of a truck while on his bike and then, according to Metro, was struck by six additional cars in a subsequent pile up. It took nearly 40 minutes for rescue workers to extract him from the wreckage that left him with a brain injury and in a coma.
Thankfully, Curtis woke up just less than a week later—and he woke up with special skills.
"I don't remember coming round but my family said one of the nurses was from Africa and spoke French and I was having conversations with her," Curtis told the UK journal. "I was just casually chatting away about how I was feeling in this perfect French accent."
"My mum and dad were stunned when they got to hospital and the nurse asked them what side of the family was French...And then I was sitting there spouting a foreign language from my hospital bed acting all French in their sort of arrogant yet sophisticated way. It wasn't me at all."
Even more out of character was Curtis' assumption that he was Matthew McConaughey.
"When I went to the toilet I went to look in the mirror and I was shocked because I didn't look like him, I didn't know what I was looking at," he claims. "Then slowly over time it eventually clicked and I thought 'he is an actor, what am I on about?', but at times I was in hospital thinking I can't wait to get out of here and back to filming movies."
Curtis has since recovered and been released. He is currently under no impression that he is Matthew McConaughey or any other Magic Mike cast member.
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