Someone Put Steve Carell's 'Space Force' Character Over Photo of Real-Life General at Air Force Museum in Ohio

Someone put a photo of Steve Carell's 'Space Force' character on a general at an air force museum.
Someone put a photo of Steve Carell's 'Space Force' character on a general at an air force museum. / Presley Ann/Getty Images

You know what they say, life imitates art. It seems someone took that saying literally after playing a prank at an Air Force museum in Ohio.

The new series called Space Force is set to drop on Netflix May 29, created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, and starring Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, and more. The series is described as a workplace comedy about a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the United States Space Force, which is actually a real thing! The Space Force at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton found that someone had collided the two worlds of fiction and real-life, taping a picture and biography for Gen. Mark R. Naird, the fictional character Carell will be portraying in Space Force, over a portrait of the actual chief of space operations, Gen. John Raymond. 

According to The Hill, the fake photo and description were reported last Tuesday.

The fictional biography for Naird reads as follows: “Gen. Mark R. Naird assumed the duties as the first Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, on Dec. 20, 2019. The U.S. Space Force is responsible for providing resilient, defendable and affordable space capabilities for the Nation and the Joint Force...It is the duty of the U.S. Space Force to protect the interests of the United States in space; deter aggression in, from, and to space; and conduct prompt and sustained space operations.”

I wonder who put the photo there, considering that the museum is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The joke is seemingly harmless and funny, however, and is great timing with Space Force premiering this week.