To be a good storyteller is to be a good liar. Sure, good stories are entertaining and (hopefully) harmless lies, but they are still lies nonetheless. Nothing in a story is true and storytellers don't let the truth get in the way of a good story. It's with that in mind that several successful storytellers, whether they are actors, filmmakers, directors, or other entertainers, told the occasional lie or two in order to get a role, get a job, or get funding.

If it wasn't for a lie, we never would have had The Walking Dead. If it wasn't for a lie, Trey Parker and Matt Stone never would have had careers. If it weren't for a lie, Will Smith wouldn't be in Men In Black.

Here are the stories behind those lies and other examples of creative people who used outright deceit and trickery to make sure their work got made.

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CRACKED.COM Laurence Fishburne lied about his age to secure his casting in this epic film. He said he was 16 to get the part of a 17 year old. Aocdiyp

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COMMODORE HAD MISTAKEN PETER MOLY NEUX'S COMPANY TORUS FOR THE NETWORKING COMPANY TAURUS. HE DIDN'T CORRECT THEM AND ACCEPTED 10 FREE COMPUTERS TO DO

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If Tyler Perry had known Gone Girl was based on a book, with fans who wanted it adapted their way, he'd have turned it down. His agent, who knew about

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Tom Six deliberately left out a huge detail when he pitched The Human Centipede First Sequence). SIAMESE TUPLET In order to get investors on board for

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In his Die Hard fall, Alan Rickman was supposed to get dropped on the count of three. They dropped him before three, to get a look of pure shock. CRAC

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NDAO Barry Sonnenfeld misled Chris O'Donnell to get Will Smith cast in Men in Black. The producers wanted O'Donnell to play Agent j, and asked Sonnenf

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