BERNIE, a dark comedy about a Texas mortuary attendant who befriends and murders a crabby rich old lady, stars Jack Black and Shirley MacClaine. It's great indie flick... one of the best of 2011.
Truth, though, is stranger than... in this case, adaptation, as the real Bernie Tiede has been set free from a life sentence and will take residence inside the garage of Richard Linkletter, who directed the movie. What's ironic is that Bernie killed his victim in her garage, keeping her body inside a freezer.
One can only imagine these headlines from the past...
NORMAN BATES TO LIVE INSIDE ALFRED HITCHOCK'S SHOWER
HANNIBAL LECTOR TO BECOME JONATHAN DEMME'S CHEF
DICK AND PERRY TO RESIDE IN THE TRUMAN CAPOTE'S BASEMENT
PATRICK BATEMAN TO BECOME DIRECTOR MARY HARRON'S PERSONAL ACCOUNTANT
CHARLES MANSON FREED TO JOIN STEVE RAILSBACK'S ACTING WORSHOP
Yes, we realize that some of the killers mentioned in this phony list are fictional, unlike the Jack Black role. Let's just hope Mr. Linkletter doesn't let Bernie hang out with any older ladies, or he'll wind up feeling a lot like Normal Mailer.