The internet has been abuzz the past couple of days while fans speculated whether or not a viral video featuring actor Dennis Quaid having a profanity-laced meltdown was legit or a hoax. Quaid has been mum on the matter, and undoubtedly with the release of several odd, ranting videos just a couple of months ago by his brother Randy Quaid, some have to wonder if the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Have no fear, Dennis Quaid fans. The pranksters at Funny or Die have stepped up and claimed responsibility for the Quaid crack-up, and it was all just a skit.
A behind the scenes video featuring Quaid appeared on the Funny or Die website earlier today explaining every classic line from Dennis’ meltdown including a pack of zombies off to the side and a man in a penis costume whispering to the director who most certainly accounts for Quaid’s rant of “I am acting here, and this d**khead here wanders on my set. I can’t even get a line out, until Dopey the d**k starts whispering in your ear and you’re not even watching anymore!” A panning camera also catches a Quaid crew member lifting their phone to catch the flip out, suggesting that this is where the viral video emerged from.
While some wondered if Dennis Quaid had “joined the Christian Bale club”, many had suggested that the video was a hoax as it was difficult to believe the fun-loving Quaid could be so cruel. Several fingers were pointed at the frequently pranking talk show host Jimmy Kimmel over the Quaid video, but Kimmel had vehemently denied any involvement, “You play, like 50 pranks and all of a sudden people don’t trust you anymore.”
Dennis Quaid is no stranger to pulling pranks. He is frequently in cahoots with daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres pulling a few hidden camera jokes on unsuspecting people. In fact, several years ago a hilarious video featuring Dennis on Ellen went viral in which Quaid walked into a Starbucks and performed whatever tasks Degeneres told him to through an earpiece.
Funny or Die has taken Dennis Quaid’s humor to a whole new level — an R-rated one. And of course, any time a prank leaves people debating whether or not it is real, it is definitely a prank that has been well played. Well done Funny or Die and Dennis Quaid. Well done.
You can watch the full Dennis Quaid Funny or Die behind the scenes video here [Warning: Explicit language]:
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