The new "Godzilla" movie made more than $93 million this weekend, but to some folks, it might as well have been a documentary. In a segment he calls "Lie Witness News," Jimmy Kimmel sent out a reporter to Hollywood Boulevard Monday to quiz passersby about the events of the movie.
Some were asked if they thought it was wrong of Hollywood to make a movie based on what the reporter called an actual attack on Tokyo in 1954 that killed 100,000 people. Without taking time to actually consider that sentence, people had no problem whipping up outrage.
"I think it is," one woman said. "I mean, if it it affects the people who were affected, and then there's the people who passed away during that time, so it's kind of like they're glamorizing their death."
Others were asked if they were in favor of a (fictional) government bill that would give the U.S. Navy $600 million for "anti-reptile capabilities."
One woman said she did favor that bill "because anything we can do that can protect our nation, we gotta do." When asked if she thought a Godzilla attack was a real possibility, she looked skyward and said, "Ask the man upstairs."
And one young woman seemed quite confused about what exactly the King of Monsters is. "Aren't they extinct?" she asked Kimmel's reporter. When told that there was an attack in "Cloverfield in 2008," another monster-movie reference, she stayed confused, asking "Is Godzilla like a dinosaur?"
The woman was enough of a good sport to show up in Kimmel's audience, where he quizzed her about her updated knowledge. "You know there's no Godzilla, right?" Kimmel asked.
"Yeah, now I do," she said. "I Googled it."
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