MTV has a good scam going. Basically, they take something popular, like say, Arrested Development, and spend six months generating traffic by starting rumors of an Arrested Development movie, and then generate even more traffic by subsequently dismissing their own rumors. They pulled this crap all last year, where almost every day they’d ask a different cast member if he’d be interested in an Arrested Development movie, their responses trumpeted in articles with shouted headlines, all variations on “Arrested Development Movie???!?”
This year it’s The Dark Knight sequel rumors. Yesterday MTV ran a story in which Michael Caine supposedly told them Warner wanted Phillip Seymour Hoffman for the Penguin and Johnny Depp for the Riddler in “Batman 3″. Today, PhilHoff is calling bullshit on those rumors, according to reports by…. you guessed it, MTV!
“No one has talked to me about it ever — never,” replied Hoffman. “It happened, like, five years ago, too. It was a rumor back then and it’s still a rumor. [laughs] It’s just in the press. It’s funny.”
When further pressed for his level of interest if Warner Bros. approached him about the role, Hoffman said, “I don’t know. I think I’m more interested in seeing someone else do it. I don’t know if I’d be a good Penguin to be quite honest. [laughs]”
Why do I allow MTV to play this stupid game, you’re probably wondering. Well, when it comes down to it, let’s face it, I’m kind of lazy. That I have a job that doesn’t require pants is not coincidence.