Cell phone photos snapped by a tourist camping out in the small town of Huairou, Bejing sent the town into a panic.
The photographer said he and some friends were camping in the wild when he spotted “a creature” kneeling down in the brush. The man quickly snapped a number of pics with his cell phone just before the monster went running for cover.
The photos spread online and the townspeople were sure that a monster, who looked a hell of a lot like Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has set up camp and was ready to kill anyone who crossed his path.
It wasn’t Gollum come to life or a real monster at all. It was a dude dressed like Gollum and he snuck away from a sci-fi convention to take a leak.
The pictures were widely shared via Chinese social media – until one commentator said he thought he might be able to explain the bizarre occurrence. While there is no way of verifying his comments, the amateur actor said that he is in fact the subject of the photographs – dressed up in prosthetics and a leafy loincloth.
“Over the weekend I and my friends went to the mountains to take a mini sci-fi film,” he wrote. “And when I was having a pee a person popped up and took pictures of me and shot away.”
How about using a Port-o-John next time, the Precious?
[via The Independent]
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