It's official: Dennis Quaid is a good enough actor to convince the Internet that he was having an actual meltdown yesterday. Instead, it's a hoax — and not by Jimmy Kimmel, who many believe was responsible for it since he's done similar pranks over... and over... and over again. Instead, the fine folks at Funny Or Die are behind the prank.
Here's the video hoax, meant to show Quaid flipping out on a crew on set (Warning: contains adult language):
Here's Funny Or Video's video showing what actually happened... or, uh, didn't happen... you get it. (Warning: contains adult language, and a guy in a giant penis costume.)
The video was meant to harken back to Christian Bale's real-life on-set freakout on the set of "Terminator Salvation," down to Bale's rant including complaining about distractions. (Bale later apologized for the rant.) Here's the audio (Warning: contains adult language):
Kimmel had denied on his show that he was involved with the Quaid video, saying, "I have to say, it’s disappointing. You play 50 pranks and suddenly people don’t trust you anymore."
The most famous of those Kimmel show pranks was likely their Worst Twerk Fail Ever video, which showed a girl trying to twerk and then falling through a table and catching on fire — before it was ultimately revealed that it was a Kimmel prank and that the woman was a stunt person.
Watch Kimmel revealing his subterfuge in that instance:
Quaid is starring in a new show on the streaming site Crackle, called "The Art of More," but the video service has denied being involved in the prank.
Quaid has a history of being a prankster; he's appeared several times over the years doing pranks on "Ellen."
Funny Or Die's highest-profile hoax previously: Their attempt to get people to think someone was actually able to make a Back To The Future 2-style hoverboard.