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The Best Hollywood Hoaxes for April Fool's Day
David Moats , March 31st, 2009 11:08

In honour of April Fool's Day, The Quietus collects the best Hollywood Hoaxes: from Joaquin's beard to Marilyn's letters; from the Hollywood makeup artists who made Bigfoot to Kubrick's moon landing; from electric shocks in the cinema to faux documentaries with Herzog; it's all here.


Kubrick Moon Landing / Beijing Olympics

Few people actually believe that we've never been to the moon, but the theory that – although the Apollo missions did happen – the films and images we saw were actually Hollywood-produced fabrications under the direction of Kubrick is an interesting one. In the decade that saw the US Government contracting PR companies to help them topple South American governments it's almost plausible that they might contract filmmakers to ensure that the images we saw were as clean and iconic as possible.

It wouldn't be the last time Hollywood was called in to sex something up. Spielberg was originally asked, but declined, to direct the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics. Film legend Zhang-Yimou ultimately took the lead and notably used pre-recorded CGI fireworks and anti-rain rockets to ensure a perfect performance. When hearts and minds are at stake you have to make sure the truth looks good.