Enter Kobe Bryant. Bryant shot this commercial for his new shoes back in 2008 and it took the internet by storm. How could it not? He jumped over an Aston-Martin!
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But it’s obviously a fake for three reasons.
1. Kobe looks a little clean when he jumps. Watch it again. When he’s in the air, there’s something about his look, like he’s suddenly against a green screen. Maybe we’re looking too hard? Possibly, but let’s move on.
2. Kobe and the car are on different planes. Look at this picture.
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Kobe is closer to the camera than the car. If he wasn’t against a greenscreen, then this is a dead giveaway that the whole thing is staged. And if he is against a greenscreen, then this just shows they weren’t thorough in the fake.
3. The reactions. Everyone goes too crazy over Kobe’s stunt. And those reactions do sound similar to the kid’s reactions in our initial video. Both are screaming at first, full of adulation and excitement that no death occurred.
4. Kobe Bryant is worth untold millions of dollars and who in their right mind would allow this to happen? No insurance company would cover this and no agent would allow their moneymaking client attempt something so dumb.
5. It’s obviously a commercial for shoes. From the first frame, we know this is fake.
If nothing else, these points prove that it only takes a little bit of time and effort to pull of a convincingly fake car jump.
Now, what does a 100% real version of this video look like? Move on to find out.