Way out west there was this fella I wanna tell ya about. Goes by the name of Jeff Bridges. Now, this Bridges, he was a big Hollywood actor, played a guy they call "The Dude." And, look, this Sam Elliott schtick is going to get tired real fast, so here's what happened: Bridges thought he might be returning as The Dude in a Big Lebowski sequel, and even called his agent about it, but the sequel turned out to be an internet hoax that's been around for some time.
The story is one of a few hoaxes in rotation on National Report, the pernicious fake news site that brought you Banksy's "real" identity and the rumor that Planned Parenthood has a traveling abortion-mobile. It was widespread enough to earn its own Snopes page.
The Lebowski 2 hoax popped up on National Report last October, and filming was supposed to begin in January. The site claimed the Lebowski sequel would feature the Dude's son, and that Bill Murray would be involved, news that apparently got Bridges psyched up about the (fake) project.
"There was a pretty good rumor going around recently that got me; I was excited! I had to call my agent and say, 'Hey, what's happening?' (He said), 'No, it's just rumors," Bridges told WENN this week.
"I don't think they would do that, the Coen Brothers, but they're always surprising us. So maybe they would, you never know," he added.
That "you never know" is where sites like National Report live, building their traffic on our hope and our willingness to believe—and we don't all have agents we can phone up to call bullshit before we share hoaxes on Facebook.