I don’t know whether I should feel proud of this, or really fucking embarrassed (I’m leaning toward the latter). But back in May, during a particularly slow news week, I was feeling punchy so I let you guys know that, at some point during the next day or two, I’d completely fabricate an entire trade story and run it (that idea, in combination with the absurdity of the type of projects in the works right now in Hollywood eventually spawned a regular feature here, Two Truths and a Lie). It was just for giggles and shits, because that’s the sort of thing we do on Pajiba from time to time. I consider Pajiba to be a fairly insular movie website — we do things completely different from others (and with more profanity), and while we have a fairly significant readership, most of the other movie sites tend to ignore us. I’m actually cool with that. It sets us apart.
Anyway, I told you folks to keep an eye out for it, and I was very upfront about the fact that I was going to make up a news item. I mean: At this point, considering how ridiculous some of the remakes and reboot ideas are, almost nothing would seem to absurd.T hey’re making a movie out of Bazooka Joe, for fuck’s sake. And sure enough, after I announced that I’d be making up a post, over the next few days, commenters would chime in to suggest that whatever ridiculous news item I was running with at that time was the made up one. They never were. But the thing is: When I actually did run the made-up news item, no one ever suggested that it was the lie.
And here’s where it gets tricky. I completely forgot to mention, at a later point, that this particular story was the one I’d made up. Days, weeks, and months went by, and I never thought anything about it. That is, until last night, when I saw over on Twitter that WeAreMovieGeeks was running a interview with Dan Fogler, and in one of the clips, Fogler was dispelling a “rumor” that he was set to star in a remake of Uncle Buck.
Well, that wasn’t so much a rumor as it was me making up something and not realizing that somebody outside of Pajiba and our readership would ever pick up on it. But I Googled it last night, and wouldn’t you know it: That goddamn lie had a small life of its own. I pulled something out of my ass (and gave it a few believable details) and four months later, Dan Fogler was responding to it. He, of course, said that he’d heard nothing about it. nor should he have. Because I made it up.
Here’s the interview:
(And for more of the interview, check out WAMG)
And that, folks, is the dumb power of the Internet. Nobody checks sources. Some jackass feeling punchy one day makes up something, two people run with it no questions asked, and the next thing you know, some dude is asking the man about it. My apologies to Mr. Fogler.
Balls of Fury was still one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, and I still wish Hitchcock were alive so he could throw M. Night Shyamalan at Dan Fogler.
And that, folks, is the danger of inside jokes.