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Journalist who faked celebrity scoops stars in film about his life and lies

10 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tom Kummer outdid his rivals with fabricated exclusives – now documentary tells how he fooled German media

The Hollywood press pack just couldn't understand it. How was a Swiss young buck persuading the world's biggest stars to lay bare their lives while the rest of them tried to cook up something even vaguely interesting from the dull scraps they were thrown every time a celebrity had something to promote?

And Tom Kummer really did scoop them all. He got Mike Tyson to pontificate on Nietzsche, discussed Kierkegaard with Sean Penn and listened to Courtney Love intellectualise her breast-baring habit and talk of how she thrived on "disillusionment ... joyless sex, reincarnation".

He discovered hidden depths in Bruce Willis, who revealed a particularly bleak philosophy when he said: "I understood pretty early on that we do not advance through morality, but immorality, vices, cynicism."

In one of Kummer's early hits, Pamela Anderson shared »

- Helen Pidd

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