Actor John Stamos and Netflix played a major April Fools’ Day prank on fans and followers Friday by releasing a trailer for a fake movie.
It is painfully obvious from the very beginning of the video that the documentary film titled, John Stamos: A Human, Being was absolutely fake. However, the development of the video (and the released trailer) took the standards of expectations for April Fools’ Day spoofs to new heights.
— DEREK (@derekfaber) April 1, 2016
In addition, by the time you finish watching the two-and-a-half minute clip — which includes an introduction from John Stamos himself — you may actually want the fake documentary to be a real movie.
At the start of the video, John Stamos is staring at a collage of photographs of himself from the 80s and 90s — the decades when many of his fans were first introduced to the heartthrob actor.
Moments after he opened his mouth, it was clear that John was fully committed to seeing this April Fools’ Day prank through to the end without breaking character.
“Hi, I’m John Stamos. I guess it was the Fall of 2015 when things looked to be going a little south for those guys at Netflix. My friend, fellow Greek-American Ted Sarandos (head of content there) he said, ‘John, you my friend, you’ve built more than a life for yourself… you’ve built a brand… Please let us use your beloved brand to take Netflix to that next level… As part of that, we want you to play the role of a lifetime. We want John Stamos…to play John Stamos.”
As if that was not enough, John Stamos took this epic April Fools’ Day prank to “that next level” by introducing the documentary project that he and Netflix were developing.
“Netflix and I have partnered up to give you something very special. Production is underway, but we want to offer you a small taste of what’s to come so, without any further adieu, I invite you to sit back, relax, take a sneak peek of what we’ve got in store for you.”
What followed for the next 60 seconds of the clip was the epic movie trailer for the fake documentary film, John Stamos: A Human, Being (notice that the added comma is not a typographical error).
Such phrases as “Who is John Stamos?,” “From the Mind of John Stamos,” and “Lights. Camera. Stamos” really seem to add to the intensity — and the hilarious nature — of this spoof trailer.
John Stamos and Netflix both apparently wanted to make clear to the world that Netflix documentary about the actor was an April Fools’ Day prank by sharing the film’s release date and trailer on Twitter Friday.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) April 1, 2016
A VERY exciting new original documentary unlike any other. “John Stamos: A Human, Being” comes to Netflix April 31https://t.co/AhIVOF9xIj
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 1, 2016
Here’s the thing: Many people think that a John Stamos documentary is actually a great idea! It is crystal clear that the John Stamos: A Human, Being trailer was for a fake documentary and epic April Fools’ Day prank. However, a vast number of fans and followers on Twitter apparently want to see it.
This Netflix prank is a cruel joke because a John Stamos documentary is a great idea.: John Stamos, who is mor… https://t.co/HWOmfIMjqp
— PETER MOLYNEUX (@WEIGHTPERFECT) April 1, 2016
I would so be down for a John Stamos documentary
— Hailee Avery (@MissHaileeGirl) April 1, 2016
I got excited to watch the John Stamos documentary on Netflix until I realised I fell victim to their April Fools????
— P.L~ (@CupcakeLoverXx) April 1, 2016
I’m honestly freaking out about the John Stamos documentary series on Netflix. He is one of my favorite people.???? #JohnStamos
— Kanto (@KantoLetsPlay) April 1, 2016
Not gonna lie, I was weirdly interested in the John Stamos documentary on netflix
— Jeremy Kaye (@upandoutcomic) April 1, 2016
Keep in mind that John Stamos and Netflix are already on good terms after the success and popularity from the first season of Fuller House. Perhaps the popularity and overall buzz among fans on social media generated by their collaborative April Fools’ Day prank will lead to the actual development of this documentary film.
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