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Jul. 31, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Okay, so this is probably the coolest thing you're going to see all day, short of some massively awesome new trailer or epic news. Some of you may remember producer Adi Shankar's "bootleg" short DIRTY LAUNDRY from last year, which starred Thomas Jane as The Punisher, but in an uncredited way. It was a really cool, inventive, and clever short that basically used the Marvel brand without officially naming it as such. Now, Shankar is back at it again with TRUTH IN JOURNALISM, a new short directed by Joe Lynch (KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM) that stars Ryan Kwanten (HBO's True Blood) as...well, I can't say. It's killing me to just tell you, but the reveal at the end is too cool to spoil. You may find yourself getting a little impatient as you watch, but trust me when I tell you that it's worth the wait.

If nothing else, this short teases the possibilities of this VERY famous character on the big screen, who has already graced it once. That's more than enough of a tease to get you started. I hope that Shankar continues to produce these "Marvelous" bootlegs as they're much more fun than Marvel's own one shots. Oh, and check back here for an interview with Joe Lynch about the making of this short after you're done watching for some cool inside info.

Enjoy!:

Extra Tidbit: Which characters would you like to see Shankar tackle next?
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10:14AM on 08/02/2013

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2:15AM on 08/02/2013

Stop Too Soon?

How has only one other person commented on the ending? And if you think I'm talking about the "reveal" then you didn't notice there was 3:30 left when all that happens. Keep watching. Nice tale on a character previously butchered.
How has only one other person commented on the ending? And if you think I'm talking about the "reveal" then you didn't notice there was 3:30 left when all that happens. Keep watching. Nice tale on a character previously butchered.
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2:18AM on 08/01/2013
While it is obvious from pretty early on, it would have been slightly more amazing in the reveal if I had to piece it together instead of being told without being told in the article and headline. I was already in a mindset of, "ok...it's 'marvelous' so it's a marvel character...and one we've seen before". The hints would have been way cooler if it was just presented without comment or "here's another short from the producer of dirty laundry".

Still though...amazing.
While it is obvious from pretty early on, it would have been slightly more amazing in the reveal if I had to piece it together instead of being told without being told in the article and headline. I was already in a mindset of, "ok...it's 'marvelous' so it's a marvel character...and one we've seen before". The hints would have been way cooler if it was just presented without comment or "here's another short from the producer of dirty laundry".

Still though...amazing.
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7:32PM on 07/31/2013
Kwanten would be perfect for the Human Torch
Kwanten would be perfect for the Human Torch
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4:34PM on 08/01/2013
"Not black enough." -Hollywood
"Not black enough." -Hollywood
5:37PM on 07/31/2013

Extra Tidbit

Luke Cage and Iron Fist
Luke Cage and Iron Fist
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4:16PM on 07/31/2013
He would make for a terrific Venom. And I could also see him doing a good job as The Flash.

Out of all of the True Blood cast members, I really want him and Skarsgard to be in more high profile films.
He would make for a terrific Venom. And I could also see him doing a good job as The Flash.

Out of all of the True Blood cast members, I really want him and Skarsgard to be in more high profile films.
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6:06PM on 07/31/2013
do you even know a thing about venom? He should be Flash if anything.
do you even know a thing about venom? He should be Flash if anything.
7:27PM on 07/31/2013
Always thought he would be a terrific Human Torch
Always thought he would be a terrific Human Torch
3:35PM on 07/31/2013

Not much of a surprise

Once I clicked on the video the name of it popped up, plus 15 sec into the video we meet Eddie B.
Once I clicked on the video the name of it popped up, plus 15 sec into the video we meet Eddie B.
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3:33PM on 07/31/2013

Get Ryan Kwanten a major movie role NOW!!!!

This guy is so ready for prime-time, it's sickening. His accents are so convincing, I couldn't believe the guy's Australian until I heard him speak in his natural voice.
This guy is so ready for prime-time, it's sickening. His accents are so convincing, I couldn't believe the guy's Australian until I heard him speak in his natural voice.
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3:09PM on 07/31/2013
This is what I would like to see. Different kinds of takes with characters already known and seen. Their versions of these already seen characters were just awesome although I'm not happy about the spoiler already being revealed in the video title description.
This is what I would like to see. Different kinds of takes with characters already known and seen. Their versions of these already seen characters were just awesome although I'm not happy about the spoiler already being revealed in the video title description.
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3:01PM on 07/31/2013
The Punisher "Dirty Laundry" was a bit better. But, I dug this video. Spivey-Man is right that Kwanten would be excellent as this character. Obviously, the video's writer also gets the character right. Cathelotte advises viewers well. Watch the video to the very end after the credits. Another "beloved" Marvel character shows up (possibly another does too depending on who one thinks that young turk "Michael Jackson" is supposed to be). I like the humor throughout "Truth in Journalism". I like
The Punisher "Dirty Laundry" was a bit better. But, I dug this video. Spivey-Man is right that Kwanten would be excellent as this character. Obviously, the video's writer also gets the character right. Cathelotte advises viewers well. Watch the video to the very end after the credits. Another "beloved" Marvel character shows up (possibly another does too depending on who one thinks that young turk "Michael Jackson" is supposed to be). I like the humor throughout "Truth in Journalism". I like how the campy '80s music is used.

I thought that the protagonist was going to be Dollar Bill. Oh well. JK
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2:53PM on 07/31/2013
Damn double post!
Damn double post!
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2:51PM on 07/31/2013
Very Cool......was it just me or did anyone else see a little Ryan Reynolds in Ryan Kwanten's performance?
Very Cool......was it just me or did anyone else see a little Ryan Reynolds in Ryan Kwanten's performance?
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10:37PM on 07/31/2013
I actually think Kwanten's the stronger actor of the two. They're both very good-looking, loads of charisma and solid comic timing, but Kwanten's a lot more versatile. I don't think I've ever seen Ryan Reynolds do an unsympathetic character, he's never done a lunkhead (like Kwanten's character in TRUE BLOOD) and I've never heard him do an accent other than his own.
I actually think Kwanten's the stronger actor of the two. They're both very good-looking, loads of charisma and solid comic timing, but Kwanten's a lot more versatile. I don't think I've ever seen Ryan Reynolds do an unsympathetic character, he's never done a lunkhead (like Kwanten's character in TRUE BLOOD) and I've never heard him do an accent other than his own.
2:43PM on 07/31/2013

Pretty cool

Once the RK's name is given, you pretty can guess where it's headed, but still pretty cool.
Once the RK's name is given, you pretty can guess where it's headed, but still pretty cool.
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2:33PM on 07/31/2013
Pretty cool video. You can almost immediately tell which character it is right off the bat given all the hints and nods. Should this character ever see their time on the screen again, I think Kwanten would be an excellent choice for the role.
Pretty cool video. You can almost immediately tell which character it is right off the bat given all the hints and nods. Should this character ever see their time on the screen again, I think Kwanten would be an excellent choice for the role.
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2:30PM on 07/31/2013

This is all good and fun

But where is Vin Diesels marvel announcement? He said end of the month and I got a lot of bets going. Also I was lucky I didn't read anything, had no clue it was Venom.
But where is Vin Diesels marvel announcement? He said end of the month and I got a lot of bets going. Also I was lucky I didn't read anything, had no clue it was Venom.
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2:23PM on 07/31/2013
Great video! But you can figure out who it is right away.
Great video! But you can figure out who it is right away.
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2:22PM on 07/31/2013

excellent

Don't forget to watch until the very end...
Two for the price of one !
Don't forget to watch until the very end...
Two for the price of one !
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2:13PM on 07/31/2013

Spoiled by the video itself

Haven't watched it yet, but the headline on the video itself has already spoiled the reveal :(
Haven't watched it yet, but the headline on the video itself has already spoiled the reveal :(
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2:24PM on 07/31/2013
It's not spiderman
It's not spiderman
2:24PM on 07/31/2013
Don't be afraid... The 'truth' is revealed almost immediately in the short.
Don't be afraid... The 'truth' is revealed almost immediately in the short.
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