The author of ''Buddha'' says he's often mistaken for Tupac

By Ari Karpel
Updated May 11, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Those Seven Spiritual Laws of Success must be working! Deepak Chopra’s new novel Buddha is getting great reviews, just as the Seven Spiritual Laws DVD, featuring Olivia Newton-John, is hitting stores. Now Chopra, the man known for guiding Demi Moore and Michael Jackson, is branching out to movies: He’s writing The Sadhu, a screenplay set to star Nic Cage, and he serves as the inspiration for Mike Myers’ next comedy, The Love Guru. ”He puts on a good accent,” says Chopra, 60, who’s given Myers’ impersonation his blessing. Lucky for Dr. C., we decided to bless him with our Personality Test.


1. Who is the most serene celebrity you’ve met?
George Harrison. He was heavily into meditation. He and I used to travel all over the world. And he was definitely at peace. Even after he found out he had cancer. Even in death. He was a great guy.

2. Choose one:
(A) American Idol
(B)Dancing With the Stars Dancing With the Stars.
I don’t know anything about it, and I like to step into the unknown.

(A) Kermit the Frog
(B) Miss Piggy
Kermit the Frog
I think Kermit is wise. That combination of sweetness and wisdom.

3. If you could be in any band, past or present, which band would you choose?
Eurythmics. [I’d play] ”Sweet Dreams” with Annie Lennox.

4. Which TV doctor do you most relate to?
(A) House
(B) Dr. Quinn
(C) McDreamy
(D) Doogie Howser
Actually, none. I enjoy watching Sanjay Gupta on CNN because he’s a real doctor.

5. The person I’m most often mistaken for:
If people just hear my name, the late Tupac Shakur. When he was gunned down, we had a lot of condolence messages at my office.

6. Who were you in a past life?
I was a priest who stole statues from a temple and blamed a young apprentice. He apparently committed suicide, and I’m still paying my karmic debt.

7. The Rat Packer I most identify with is:
(A) Frank Sinatra
(B) Sammy Davis Jr.
(C) Dean Martin
(D) Joey Bishop
All but Joey Bishop.
They bring me to an era when I wanted to come to Chicago and join the Mob.

8. Who would you most like to teach to meditate?
George W. Bush. So he can stop being at war with himself. I think his external actions are a reflection of certain deep anguish and conflicts that he has with his own shadows.

9. My porn name is:
Poopoo (Childhood Pet) + Napier (Street You Grew Up On) = Poopoo Napier

10. Which Olivia Newton-John song describes you?
(A) ”You’re the One That I Want”
(B) ”Let Me Be There”
(C) ”Physical”
(D) ”Xanadu”
”Let Me Be There,” because I am there already.