The world responded in shock and grief on Tuesday when it was revealed that legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam had died.
Except that he didn't. The movie industry trade publication Variety accidentally published an obituary for the iconoclastic director, instantly lighting up the Internet, but retracted the obit about 10 minutes later to the relief of Gilliam's many fans (and Amazon, which is financing his long-in-the-works movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote).
But Gilliam, in typical fashion, ran with it, posting at his own Facebook page, "I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD, especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but Variety has announced my demise. Don’t believe their retraction and apology!”
The "talks" the dead-but-strangely-active director and former Monty Python animator mentioned are likely to promote his new "pre-posthumous memoir," Gilliamesque, which will provide a detailed and probably irreverent look back at his life, career and creation of beloved films like Brazil, Time Bandits, The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys.
The book is out Oct. 20, and Gilliam has posted a trailer for it which you can see below. You tell me: Does he seem dead to you?
(via The Playlist)