Po devíti měsících se lidé mohou dozvědět, jak se na letošní udílení Českých lvů do přímého televizního přenosu dostal falešný americký herec Jim Carrey. Podfukáři v internetové televizi Stream.cz odhalili, jak podvod zorganizovali. Dvacetiminutový pořad za jediný den nasbíral přes 600 tisíc zhlédnutí. Česká televize nechce záležitost dál komentovat.

Pic shows: Fake Jim Carrey at the ceremony in Prague on 21st February. Organisers of a film festival in the Czech Republic have admitted being dumb and dumber after organising VIP red carpet treatment for a conman who claimed to be funnyman Jim Carrey. They even arranged for the con artist to be allowed on stage where he was greeted by applause from the audience, some who clearly realised that it was not the real Jim Carey, and after waving and being showered in golden confetti, he had then left the stage. Organizers of the Czech Lion Awards (Cesky lev) had been contacted by the alleged management of the star who said he was in the area, and would like to come by. The Czech Lions are the equivalent to the Academy Awards in the Czech Republic, and the 'management' said it would be an honour for Jim Carrey to be allowed to attend. They were asked not to make public that he had been invited until his appearance, because of security concerns, and organisers of the event had readily agreed. But after widespread criticism with the organisers being bombarded with notes from fans pointing out that the Jim Carrey on the stage was a fake, they finally accepted that a mistake been made. However the embarrassing appearance had already been broadcast live countrywide on Czech television. Film director Jan Sverak, who supervised the ceremony, said: "We have become very likely the target of a very elaborate hoax. I'm so sorry." It was even more embarrassing as a climbdown because he and the organisers had earlier insisted that it was the real Jim Carey who appeared. Even the award host Lucie Vyborna had insisted he was real, telling Czech newspaper Blesk shortly after the ceremony: "Of course the real Jim Carrey was on the stage. I knew that he would come but I did not know what he would do there. He appeared for a very short time and people did not have chance to recognise him. I have heard people suggesting it was a lookalike but I can say no, it was really him." But after then admitting they were wrong Jan Sverak added: ""I am very sorry, I apologise. It was not my intention, but I must salute someone’s perfect game in managing to con us." The fake Carrey, who is still unidentified, came with a translator and his own security, and went through the ceremony preparations just like the real star would have been expected to, according to a statement by the ceremony’s organisers. Some local media had suggested it might be an actor from the former Yugoslavia Hari Zinhasovic, although this has not been confirmed. A spokesman for the awards added: "Nothing indicated it was a ruse and we did not pay any money to the false actor." This was the 22nd year for the ceremony. The Best Film prize went to The Way Out (Cesta ven), a gritty drama set in northern Moravia where anti-Roma sentiment is widespread. (ends)  

Ceny České filmové a televizní akademie Český lev se letos předávaly 21. února v Rudolfinu. Ceremoniál vysílala v přímém přenosu Česká televize. Na pódium vystoupil muž, kterého moderátorka představila jako amerického komika Jima Carreyho. Vystřelil konfety a odešel. Diváci zpochybňovali, že to byla americká hvězda. Pořadatelé ale tvrdili, že se o hollywoodskou star jednalo. Až později přiznali, že to Carrey nebyl a sami se stali obětí podvodu. Slavný herec byl v tu dobu v Los Angeles.

„Dostat se na Českého lva není jednoduché, když nepřijde pozvánka. Když jste nic nenatočili a nejste pořádná hvězda, zbývá jedna možnost – být megahvězda, protože ta se může pozvat, kam chce,“ říká v úvodu svého pořadu One Man Show moderátor a vloger Kamil Bartošek alias Kazma, který za podvodem stojí. Později podotýká, že „jdou dostat obyčejného člověka do přímého přenosu veřejnoprávní televize v ten nejpompéznější okamžik“.

Pic shows: Fake Jim Carrey at the ceremony in Prague on 21st February. Organisers of a film festival in the Czech Republic have admitted being dumb and dumber after organising VIP red carpet treatment for a conman who claimed to be funnyman Jim Carrey. They even arranged for the con artist to be allowed on stage where he was greeted by applause from the audience, some who clearly realised that it was not the real Jim Carey, and after waving and being showered in golden confetti, he had then left the stage. Organizers of the Czech Lion Awards (Cesky lev) had been contacted by the alleged management of the star who said he was in the area, and would like to come by. The Czech Lions are the equivalent to the Academy Awards in the Czech Republic, and the 'management' said it would be an honour for Jim Carrey to be allowed to attend. They were asked not to make public that he had been invited until his appearance, because of security concerns, and organisers of the event had readily agreed. But after widespread criticism with the organisers being bombarded with notes from fans pointing out that the Jim Carrey on the stage was a fake, they finally accepted that a mistake been made. However the embarrassing appearance had already been broadcast live countrywide on Czech television. Film director Jan Sverak, who supervised the ceremony, said: "We have become very likely the target of a very elaborate hoax. I'm so sorry." It was even more embarrassing as a climbdown because he and the organisers had earlier insisted that it was the real Jim Carey who appeared. Even the award host Lucie Vyborna had insisted he was real, telling Czech newspaper Blesk shortly after the ceremony: "Of course the real Jim Carrey was on the stage. I knew that he would come but I did not know what he would do there. He appeared for a very short time and people did not have chance to recognise him. I have heard people suggesting it was a lookalike but I can say no, it was really him." But after then admitting they were wrong Jan Sverak added: ""I am very sorry, I apologise. It was not my intention, but I must salute someone’s perfect game in managing to con us." The fake Carrey, who is still unidentified, came with a translator and his own security, and went through the ceremony preparations just like the real star would have been expected to, according to a statement by the ceremony’s organisers. Some local media had suggested it might be an actor from the former Yugoslavia Hari Zinhasovic, although this has not been confirmed. A spokesman for the awards added: "Nothing indicated it was a ruse and we did not pay any money to the false actor." This was the 22nd year for the ceremony. The Best Film prize went to The Way Out (Cesta ven), a gritty drama set in northern Moravia where anti-Roma sentiment is widespread. (ends)  

Česká televize se k záležitosti nechce víc vyjadřovat. „Za nás není opravdu co komentovat,“ napsala ČTK v textové zprávě mluvčí televize Alžběta Plívová.

Přípravy na rudolfinský podfuk trvaly přes měsíc. Kazma a jeho tým se dali dohromady s produkční společností, která v Česku pracuje na zahraničních reklamách. Firma měla předstírat, že Carrey zrovna v Praze natáčí spot. Falešná produkční pořadatele Českých lvů informovala o tom, že je hvězda v Praze a mohla by se případně udílení cen zúčastnit. Upozornila, že vše ale musí zůstat v utajení.

V bulváru se pak „náhodou“ objevily komikovy snímky při procházce na Malé Straně, v počítači stačilo jen upravit obličej. Spřátelení moderátoři v rádiích zas do éteru vypustili zprávu, že star byla spatřena v pražských uličkách.

Postup „komikova“ týmu byl podobný jako při návštěvách jiných hvězd. Pořadatelé Českých lvů pak nabídli, že program večera Carreymu přizpůsobí. Dostali i číslo na hercova falešného agenta. Komik měl lóži. Do Rudolfina náhradní star, kterou namaskovali profesionální maskéři, prošla po červeném koberci kolem objektivů kamer a blesků fotoaparátů. Na pódiu pobyla pár vteřin. Celá skupina pak rychle zmizela zadním vchodem. „Chtěli jsme ukázat, kam až je možné zajít,“ říká Kazma.

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O podvodu informovala i zahraniční média. Objevily se v nich také parodie scénky s vystřelením konfet. Podle podfukářů se o „svém“ pražském vystoupení na Twitteru zmínil také samotný Jim Carrey.

Praha 12. listopadu (ČTK)

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