Portland native says he is Jamaica’s Spider-Man
Being able to leap and jump from walls and building tops has convinced Portland native Conroy Allen that he is the Jamaican version of the fictional superhero Spider-Man. The Port Antonio resident frequently dons a Spider-Man suit, which often earns him stares and admiration from children and adults alike.
"When mi buy di Spider-Man suit mi realise say mi ting start take off more, and people start tip mi when mi perform and a give mi likkle bookings. Next ting mi know is that people start ask mi fi autograph and mi a say 'wow'. So after dat mi start take it to the streets with some other youth, and just like Spider-Man mi start flick and jump over wall and bars and so on," Allen said.
The 22-year-old, who goes by the moniker Deeosis, said he was captivated by the superhero from he was a tiny tot.
"Mi used to watch dem tings here on TV and fascinated by all a Superman move in his comics too, and those from the movie name Step Up. Dem time deh a did DVD a carry the swing, so me used to buy them and watch and practise the move dem, and teach myself," he said.
Suffers from scoliosis
While is able to leap from buildings and perform other acrobatic antics, Allen, who suffers from scoliosis, is unable to cling to surfaces, shoot spider-webs from wrist-mounted devices, and detect danger with his 'spider-sense'.
"Mi love what mi do still and it put a smile on the children dem face, and that is a big plus in my book. Sometimes all when mi nuh get pay mi feel like mi have money after how mi see people react," he said.
Allen said he auditioned for a dance scene in the James Bond film, No Time to Die, last year. He said that although he does not know if his scene will make the final cut, he is extremely grateful to have showcased his talent in front of international directors and other creatives.
"I want to make it big and even get a big movie deal. We need to start building on our local talents. If you should go to Disney World or other places in the US, you are going to find Spider-Man, Superman and other characters for the children, but we hardly have any in Jamaica. I am that person. I am a dancer and the Spider-Man moves help me out a lot," he says.