Hoax Death Makes Jeff Goldblum Sexy
Actor Jeff Goldblum is getting a lot of mileage out of false reports of his premature death – and sneakily boosting his sexual prowess as he does it. Even TV cop show Law and Order: Criminal Intent, which he joined late last year, is capitalising on the attention.
First Goldblum mocked Australian Channel Nine’s Today show reporter Richard Wilkins – who picked the false report up off Twitter and gave it “legitimate” news status – on The Colbert Report.
The result – as the Sydney Morning Herald reported in a “most read” news item – was a “glorious” send up, with 56-year-old Goldblum slyly hyping his lover-boy status in his eulogy to himself.
“Amazing in Bed”
“Jeff Goldblum’s performances combined the muscularity of Brando, the pathos of Streep, and the musky sensuality of a pride of baboons,” he rhapsodised.
“One former conquest raved that sleeping with Jeff Goldblum was like ‘being caught in a flesh-storm, with a 90 per cent chance of satisfaction’.
“I cannot overstate how amazing Jeff Goldblum was in bed.”
Then last weekend he followed that up with a promo for Law and Order: Criminal Intent, replaying a fake death news clip and commenting with a wink that “you can’t believe anything young people say.”
Unlikely Sex Symbol
Celebrity gossip sites report the former Jurassic Park and Independence Day star – whose previous partners include actresses Laura Dern and Geena Davis (his wife from 1987 – 90) – has found new love with former Lost actress Tania Raymonde, (21), so maybe the boasting about his winning bedside manner is justified.
Tall, gangly, and oddly handsome, he’s an unlikely sex symbol who appeals to women fond of eccentric intellectual types.
Scotsman Claims Responsibility
The Twitter death report was apparently generated through the same fake news generator site fakeawish.com that erroneously reported on the deaths in New Zealand of Tom Hanks (in 2006) and Tom Cruise (in 2008).
Blogger John Skelton – who claims to be an Aberdeen (UK) based multimedia developer – says he started the hoax as a practical joke intended for just two friends. (http://johnskelton.blogspot.com/2009/06/great-jeff-goldblum-twitter-hoax.html).
Fakeawish.com allows users to plug a celebrity’s name into made-up stories. A top option on the site is to plug a male celebrity’s name into a “dies in New Zealand” article.
John Skelton claimed he chose Jeff Goldblum because “he seems like the kind of actor someone would have a strong emotional response to. I had considered using Bill Murray but for some reason didn’t feel it would have the same impact.”
At the height of its popularity the Goldblum item was the second most searched term on Google and Twitter after ‘Michael Jackson Dead.’ The Google trends show that it was the 4th most popular search phrase overall on the 25th June. – Top Google Trends for 25th June
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