Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dennis Quaid: Ill-informed Lover of Trivia

I know this is a few days old, but I was falling asleep as it happened so throw me some leeway.

Dennis Quaid was pitching his new movie Smart People this past Tuesday on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Quaid was also quick to point out that the next day, April 9, was his birthday. Follow this link to see the video (which for some same reason won't embed itself).

Dennis seems to have been reading the "Celebrity Birthday" column of his local newspaper - probably checking to see if he's still a celebrity - and interjects that he shares his birthday with W.C. Fields and Adolph Hitler.

The trouble is, he's wrong. I caught this right away because I happen to know W.C. Fields's birthday is in fact January 29, and one need only ask any pothead to find out that Hitler's birthday is April 20. Neither of them died on April 9th either. Does Dennis Quaid have any idea what he's talking about?

The only face-saving way out of this is to assume DQ was making a joke, and that makes it all the odder. Does he want us to believe
  • W.C. Fields and Adolph Hitler are polar opposites?
  • W.C. Fields and Adolph Hitler are commonly confused for Dennis Quaid?
  • When in doubt, or when stuck in a morosely dull joke just toss in Hitler to bail yourself out?
Dennis Quaid, [insert joke involving latest project Smart People not using Hitler as a punchline here.]

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