John Lennon famously declared in 1966 that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Almost half a century later, a star of MTV's "Jersey Shore" has a feeling he and his reality-show buddies are giving the Fab Four a run for their money.
"Oh, man, it's just unbelievable," Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino told Interview magazine in the new issue. "Everywhere I go, there's just mass amounts of people. There's people showing up at airports, wanting autographs, girls, it's insane. It's like the Beatles, man."
The world's in love with the "Shore" kids, so it seems, and they feel fine. Girls apparently have fainted when they met the Situation. Girls who encounter Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, the star declared, often start shaking and crying. And then there's Vinny Guadagnino.
"I have girls who come to my house and knock on my door," he said. "I have girls who call me at 4 in the morning. I have girls who make pages for me on Facebook, VinnyGsFutureWife on Twitter."
Along with the girls, they have celeb fans too, including, according to the "Shore" guys, Lindsay Lohan, Ashton Kutcher, Diddy, Denzel Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio. According to Vinny, Leo once told him, "I can tell you're a good Italian kid, from a good family."
While they've gathered in Miami this week to begin shooting the second season of "Jersey Shore" — which premieres Thursday, July 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV — the crew is also looking toward the future and where their newfound fame might take them. The Situation is looking to break into movies after he "conquer[s] reality." Ronnie wants to get out of reality shows before he morphs into a gelled-up version of Screech from "Saved by the Bell." He's looking toward a career in modeling or acting. Vinny? The kid loves to rap and wants to lay down a track that is "clubby and catchy," although if a music career doesn't work out, he'll fall back on his political-science career. Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, too, is looking at sticking in the music biz.
"I want to become a famous DJ," he said. "DJ AM passed away, so I want to become that — a huge DJ."
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Season two of "Jersey Shore" premieres Thursday, July 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. Be there!