In an interview about Rob’s latest film, Water for Elephants, Lauer asked Rob about his experiences with circuses. Straight-faced, Rob replied, “The first time I went to a circus, somebody died…one of the clowns died.”
“Really?” Lauer asked, incredulously.
Rob just kept going…not sarcastically at all.
“Yeah, his little car exploded. The joke car exploded. Seriously. Yeah, everyone had to run out. It was terrifying,” he said, adding, “It was the only time I’d been to a circus.”
Lauer kind of stared at Rob, dumbfounded. “What a bizarre way to start the interview,” he said.
Flash forward a couple weeks to the premiere of the film in Germany, where Rob was interviewed before the movie began. The host asked Rob about his traumatic circus experience and he chuckled.
“I said those things. But I actually made the whole thing up,” he admitted. “It’s coming back to haunt me. I said it on some show. It was really early in the morning the day after the New York premiere. Someone asked me what my experience with the circus was and I was like, I have nothing interesting to say.”
He added, “I don’t know why I said that!”
All of us at HollywoodLife.com shared a good laugh about this, but we still can’t believe Rob lied to Matt Lauer on live TV. There was virtually no purpose! He might officially be the most random celeb in Hollywood…and we kind of love him for it!
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