'Believe me, Grim, when I find the right girl, I'll know. Without a doubt, it'll just hit me. Like lightening.'
It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid was the hottest Disney Prince. Prince Charming from Cinderella? Kind of bland. Beast from Beauty and the Beast? Spent most of his time as a horned beast, only to disappointingly transform into a Venice Beach bodybuilder in the final moments of the film. Simba from the Lion King? Quite good looking as an adult, but you know, also still a lion.
But Eric, on the other hand, was pure 100% Disney dreamboat. Good looking, outdoorsy, a dog-lover, a hands-on ruler (he mucks in with the rigging with no real thought for his own safety when his ship gets struck by a storm, very unusual for a royal) and overlooking the whole ditching-Ariel-for-Ursula bit, a pretty solid guy.
And if you’ve ever wondered what Prince Eric would look like in real life, then wonder no more. The 2D Prince’s 3D doppleganger has been found online, and he’s a Cuban Disney enthusiast called Leo Camacho.
We think you’ll agree the resemblance is uncanny:
Here’s another shot of Eric with Ariel:
Here’s Leo again:
Here he is in Disney costume (with an Ariel)