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5 Hollywood Urban Legends: Golden or Bogus?


Here at Dave’s corner of the Universe we love urban legends as much as anyone (by we at Dave’s Corner of the Universe I mean me sitting here in my room.) So we are going to go over five of Tinsel Town’s urban legends and see if they are any truth to them. If they are real we will label them “Golden”. And if they are false they will be appropriately tagged “Bogus”.

Urban legend #1) PBS’ best neighbor Fred Rogers was a deadly sniper in Vietnam.

Rogers and daniel

Mr Rogers and my favorite neighbor as a kid Daniel the Lion.

Verdict: Bogus.

The true story: The story is that Rogers was drafted and fought in Vietnam as a sniper, and while he was there he went all Rambo on the Viet Cong killing many of them, while  only eating snakes, he had to kill with his bare hands.. It’s not true. Even if he was eligible for the draft, as a minister and would have been exempt for religious reasons. But let’s disprove this one with math. Fred Rodgers was born in 1928, America declared war on Viet Nam in 1964 that would have made Mr. Rogers Thirty-six at the time of the conflict, too old for the draft.


Now a Russian language Vassily Zietzev kid’s show, I would have been all over that.

Now there is a terrible rumor that Mr. Rogers was a child molester and got into TV by doing PSA’s for his criminal offenses. That is pure undiluted BS. There is no truth to those stories what so ever.

Urban legend #2) There was supposed to be a huge whip vs Sword fight in Indiana Jones, but because Harrison Ford had dysentery he wasn’t up to it, so on the spot he pulled out his pistol and the stunt man just went with it improvising that he’d been shot.

gun v sword

Never bring a sword to a gun fight.

Verdict: (kind of) Bogus.

The true story: Well parts of it are true. Yes the script called for an epic sword versus whip battle. And yes Ford had the trots, but the scene wasn’t improvised, it was re-written the night before. According to Mr. Han Solo himself in his 2014 AMA interview it was the last thing they had left to shot left n Tunisia and he was running off to the bathroom every fifteen minutes or so, when he suggested the now classic scene, everyone agreed Indy was the kind of guy to just pull his gun and shot. He even ran it by Steven Spielberg before they did it.

Urban Legend #3) Devon Aoki couldn’t drive when she got her role in 2Fast 2 Furious.

Dec 2fast

Do you really need to drive when you look that hot?

Verdict: Golden.

The True Story: It is true they had to bring in professional stunt drivers to teach her how to drive. Here at Dave’s Corner of the Universe (and again I mean me in my room) we love Dev and do not hold her lack of driving expirence against her, any more than she wasn’t a real vampire when she got her role In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. But she did make the hottest vampire in all moviedom.

Urban Legend #4) Star Trek’s Scotty, James Doohan had his middle finger shot off during D-Day.

Verdict: Golden.

Scotty left hand

Ever notice Scotty drinks with his left hand?

The true story: OK, I don’t use this word very much but the only way to describe pre-trek Doohan was badass. First he was in the Canadian Air force and someone dared him to slalom his plane through a bunch of telephone poles, and he did it. Somehow, maybe because of stunts like that, he was an officer in Canadian Artillery on D-Day. He personally takes out two Nazi snipers, ran through a field of tank mines (regular anti-personnel mines where to sissy for Doohan) then that night gets shot by one of his own sentries, losing his right middle finger.(And hit five other places in his body)

Now you almost never saw that on Star Trek, because Doohan insisted that they never filmed it. He made a TV career hiding his right hand form the camera. It slips in a few times but in most cases they used a stunt hand if they had to focus on Scotty’s hand.


No Vulcan live long and prosper sign here.

Urban Legend #4) Orson Wells wrote a Bat Man script in 1946, where he would play both Bat Man and Bruce Wayne.

Verdict: Bogus.

Orson Welles i am batman

I’m not Bat Man.

The true story: Yeah, this one is real, in some totally awesome alternative reality. It is a practical joke pulled by Mark Millar, the author of the comics Wanted and Kiss Ass. Millar made the story up and even gleefully  produced design sketches he reported were made by Wells, but they like the story are fake.


Awesome yet fake.

Urban Legend 5), Matt Groening created the Simpson in fifteen minutes.

Verdict: Golden.

life in hell bunnies

The true story: Before the Simpson’s Groening was simi-famous with his comic strip Life in Hell. He was going to talk to producer James L Brooks, about using Life in Hell for the Tracey Ullman Show. But then he found out he might loose the rights for LiH, and was afraid that if the TV show tanked it would take the cartoon down with it. So in the lobby of Brooks’ office he quickly sketched out the characters that would become TV icons, naming Marge and Homer after his parents.

goering ride

The real question is does he have to wait in line like the rest of us?


17 comments on “5 Hollywood Urban Legends: Golden or Bogus?

  1. Darren
    August 20, 2014

    fun read!

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  3. John Callaghan
    August 21, 2014

    Yeah, this was fun.

  4. Stuff Jeff Reads
    August 21, 2014

    Great post. Here’s another one for you: Was Chuck Barris (creator of the Gong Show) really a CIA assassin as he claims in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”?

    • davekheath
      August 21, 2014

      I didn’t even think of that one. Since on occasion he slips up on interviews and says that it isn’t real, I am gong to have to say bogus, but man do I wish it was true.

      • Stuff Jeff Reads
        August 21, 2014

        No doubt. I met him at a book-signing event. He had some wild stories, as you can imagine 😉

      • davekheath
        August 21, 2014

        I bet that was fun.

  5. aaforringer
    August 21, 2014

    A piece of Star Trek lore I did not know about it.

    • davekheath
      August 21, 2014

      I can’t believe I only heard it a few days ago. Dooham was extremely modest about his accomplishments during the war.

  6. theopeningsentence
    August 22, 2014

    Some interesting urban legends there. I like the Mark Millar hoax. I’d love to create a hoax like that…

    • davekheath
      August 22, 2014

      For months after it was announced I believed it.

    • Joseph Nebus
      August 28, 2014

      I love the feel of that hoax. I’m not surprised it’s gained some traction, although I hadn’t heard of it before this post.

      • davekheath
        August 28, 2014

        When I first heard it I had no reason not to believe it. I was kind of disappointed when it was found out that it wasn’t true.

  7. What Killed The Dinosaurs
    August 26, 2014

    Hellllloooooooo we have nominated you for the Liebster Award, so sorry if you have been nominated already we couldn’t really tell as your blog doesn’t have a search bar haha, anyway have a wonderful day. 🙂


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