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Yes, in this "Catfish" world of cyber fakery, anybody can be anybody. But I guess it can be particularly hilarious when there isn't much pretending going on, as is the case with the @Michael_Haneke handle.
Throwing around web verbiage you might attribute to a 12-year-old girl obsessed with Hello Kitty (or something) rather than an astute, multi-Palme-d'Or-winning practitioner of the filmmaking form, the account has amassed some 25,000 followers since it was set up on November 12. And it's that very aspect that has the REAL Haneke so bewildered.
"A few months ago a student of mine told me about this," he said with a laugh in a recent interview. "Of course, I hadn't heard of it before. I tried to read some of the posts but my English isn't good enough to allow me that. I'm really not interested in what he's writing, but I'm fascinated by the fact that 25,000 people have subscribed to this feed of nonsense!"
Indeed. And here's just a sampling of that "nonsense":
izzy huppert jst sent me a valentynz card!!1! i jst found a love note inside as wel!!1! o wait, i remember this note... lol #awkward— Michael Haneke (@Michael_Haneke) February 14, 2013
. @benaffleck so im hostn a pre-oscars party 4 the best directr nominees. id love u 2 cum as i need sum1 2 take pictures 4 my skrapbook lol— Michael Haneke (@Michael_Haneke) February 2, 2013
gettin nominaytid for five oscars is so xhaustin. u no wot i meen? o wait, u probly dont lol— Michael Haneke (@Michael_Haneke) January 10, 2013
My favorite? The jokester's penchant for noting Juliette Binoche (consistently spelled "Juliet Binosh") is the star of "Dan in Real Life." I don't know why. Cracks me up. For example:
i jst narrated species 2 usin my werner hurtsog impreshun until juliet binosh (dan in real life) literulee fel off her chair lol #wednesday— Michael Haneke (@Michael_Haneke) January 23, 2013
Suffice it to say, the account is NOT Mr. Haneke. In case, you know, you somehow thought otherwise.
Check back later for a full interview with the Oscar-nominated writer and director, which I assure will detail more substantial talking points.