Hollywood stars are known for finding excuses to miss events they don't want to attend: "sickness," "exhaustion," "other commitments" - we've heard them all.
But when Mortdecai star Johnny Depp turned up the day after missing an important interview in Tokyo, Japan, nobody could quite believe the reason he gave for why he'd failed to show.
He said that although he had been struggling with a flu virus, the real reason he missed the gig was because he had been quite viciously attacked while in his hotel room and forced into a 4-hour-long brawl.
What is even weirder is that he claimed it was a Chupacabra, a mysterious creature of Latin American origin, that assaulted him.
The Mortdecai star said,
"I would love to apologize to you all for not being here yesterday," he continued, "I was at the tail end of a cold or a flu or something. But that's not the reason I wasn't here."
"I was attacked yesterday morning by a very rarely seen or experienced animal called 'Chupacabra.' I fought with it for hours,"
The Chupacabra, a legendary, apparently-mythical animal, is known to be very violent. The name, which means "goat sucker" in Spanish, comes from its alleged habit of attacking and drinking the blood of goats.
Watch Johnny Depp fighting as Captain Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean.
But fear not, as always, our Johnny won the bout. He said,
"They're [Chupacabras] very persistent, very mean. And I'm pretty sure it came into my suitcase," he claimed. "I threw him off the 23rd floor. So we'll never see him again."
Obviously he was joking, but let's be honest, the "flu" excuse is probably as believable as fighting a Chupacabra. The difference being that one of them is quite frankly hilarious, the other one not so much.