Case in point: Zak Penn uncovering the E.T. The Extraterrestrial game cartridges in New Mexico. It may well be true, those cartridges may well be real.
But they may not be. It may be an elaborate hoax much larger in scale than a film he made with Werner Herzog called Incident at Loch Ness. I loved that film when I saw it because I'd heard it was Herzog actually pursuing the idea that Nessie was real.
Turns out that even though the film was real, the whole thing was a put on designed by Penn and Herzog. Here's where I think the New Mexico dig may be a put on:
...the "hoax" was on even before photography started as several media outlets announced the upcoming production as an actual film. Adding to the verisimilitude is the fact that everyone who appears on screen is a real person and most are in fact who they say they are.
All I'm saying is that you should definitely cast a doubtful eye on any news reports you see about this. It's a fun hoax if it is a hoax and I hope the film will be entertaining. But you remember Joaquin Phoenix's supposed off the rails performances from a few years ago, right?
Don't be so willing to believe everything. It's possible Penn let the original news reporter in on the joke but it's also possible he didn't. As possible as this being completely real. If he hadn't been involved I might have gone along with it. Right now, I'm amused watching everyone lose their stuff over this. I'm imagining the nerd rage, too, if I'm right. That's also amusing.
News outlets have been taken in before and they smiled when Jimmy Kimmel did it. Will they be smiling if Penn's done it to them again?