Monty Python fans' shock as Variety stuff-up announces Terry Gilliam's 'death'
Variety has scared the bejeezus out of Terry Gilliam fans everywhere by announcing the death of the much-loved and very much alive actor and director.
"Director Terry Gilliam, the only American member of the Monty Python comedy troupe and an Oscar nominee for the screenplay to his film Brazil has died," began the solemn report.
Terry Gilliam dead? Did somebody press the publish button on the wrong post? pic.twitter.com/LyiB3Z64pR— Sean Fitzgerald (@SeanDFitzgerald) September 8, 2015
Bylined Dave McNary, Film Reporter, the report was evidently a pre-prepared obituary, released by mistake, possibly in response to an earlier hoax Facebook page announcing Gilliam's demise.
Only several hours later did Variety publish a correction, pointing out that rumours of Gilliam's death were much exaggerated.
CORRECTION: Variety incorrectly published an article stating that director Terry Gilliam passed away. We're deeply sorry for the mistake.— Variety (@Variety) September 8, 2015
The error provoked plenty of Twitter hilarity, much of it on a predictable "dead parrot sketch" theme.
He may be trending - but thankfully Terry Gilliam isn't dead - despite what you might have read. Now, about that parrot.— Nick Spence (@Nickfromupnorth) September 8, 2015
Monty Python's Terry Gilliam is not dead. He's resting... he's stunned... he's pining for the fjords.— Mark Humphries (@humphriesmark) September 8, 2015
While others in the Twitterverse reached for alternative Monty Python allusions among the general sense of relief that Gilliam was still alive and well.
Variety has downgraded Terry Gilliam from dead to "merely a flesh wound".— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) September 8, 2015
Guys, here's the thing… you'll know when Terry Gilliam is dead. He will be squished by a giant foot falling from the sky, it's the only way— Jim Disney (@westcoasternet) September 8, 2015
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