Movies -- or cinematic LIES, as experts really should be calling them -- are a great way to escape the awfulness of the real world for a couple of mindless fantasy-filled hours. But as it turns out, some movies are such filthy liars that they even lied about being fictional. Meaning, some of the stupidest shit you've seen up on the screen has absolutely happened in real life. For example ...
8Japan Created Its Own, Even Weirder Version Of The Truman Show
The Truman Show is about Jim Carrey not knowing that his life is being secretly filmed, and somehow becoming a huge reality TV star without acting like a jerk-faced shit-waffle. You know, typical Hollywood make-believe.
Or at least, that's what studio executives have been telling Jim Carrey his whole career.
Obviously, the most implausible part of the whole thing is that a TV network would be allowed to essentially hold a guy hostage under false pretenses. There are laws against that, no matter what wacky part of the world you happen to be in. Even Japan.
Uh ... right? JAPAN?
In 1998, Japanese comedian Nasubi was told he was trying out for a potential new reality show for which he would be locked in a room and not let out until he made $10,000 by entering sweepstakes contests via mail (at the time, sweepstakes were kind of a fad in Japan). It was also how he was supposed to feed and clothe himself -- by winning contests for food. Oh yeah, and he was naked at the beginning.
"Rule #1: No fashioning a cock smock out of that pillow case."
He had been told that there were cameras that would tape his adventure, and then later they might possibly be turned into a show. What they didn't tell him was that, in fact, each week a highlight reel from the live feed aired on national television, and it got almost double the ratings Game Of Thrones gets today. That's 16 million people watching the oblivious and usually nude Nasubi chow down on dog food (the only thing he could win in the beginning), and slowly approaching a mental breakdown from the isolation. Note: Nasubi says he never signed a contract agreeing to this.
After 335 days of this torture, when Nasubi finally earned the $10,000, the producers took him on a trip to South Korea ... where they told him that he had to go inside another, identical isolation room and earn his airfare back to Japan through sweepstakes. Having been completely mentally broken, Nasubi agreed to it and earned the money back home. There he was greeted by ... another motherloving room. As he dejectedly got naked, probably hoping to use his clothes as a noose, the walls of the room fell down and Nasubi realized he was in a TV studio, in front of a live audience.
The producers then told him "Congratulations! Oh, and BTW, we've been secretly filming your life for the last year!" Today, Nasubi holds the Guinness World Record for "longest time survived on competition winnings," as well as "most people not brutally murdered when it would have been totally justified."
7Isaac Osei's Life Is Oddly Similar To The Plot Of Coming To America
In Coming To America, Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who travels to the U.S. and takes a menial job while looking for a modern, independent, smart woman to marry. In the end, he marries Shari Headley, who will hopefully be cool with her husband ruling over a kingdom that has sex slaves.
"The Royal Penis is clean, Your Highness." -- actual dialogue
Isaac Osei is the owner of a New York taxi company who's also a member of Ghana's royal family. He isn't a king or anything like that, but as chief of the Akwamu people, he has the power to settle judicial matters in five Ghanaian towns. He also has access to a royal palace and wears a solid gold crown. So ... yeah, he's a king. He's totally a fucking king.
Isaac Osei/Elizabeth Osei
Look at him just king-ing all over the place.
Born as one of 19 children to a presumably very tired mother, Isaac was second in line to become chief after his older brother. Not really wanting to dedicate his life to a career in "waiting until my brother dies," he decided to make his own fortune by moving to the States, where he became a taxi driver and eventually opened his own restaurant. Roughly at the same time that Coming To America was released, Osei met his soon-to-be-wife when she stopped to eat at his establishment, and they started their own taxi company together, got married, and had kids.
Julie Glassberg/The New York Times
"I asked her if she wanted fries with that, and it snowballed from there."
That's when his brother, the chief, died. Deciding to honor tradition, Osei became the new chief, and he now splits his time between being carried around in one of those curtained boxes for royalty in Ghana and getting yelled at by drunks in New York. No, we also have no idea why.