*EDIT* - the last line of the post has the most up-to-date version of things.
He finally admitted it. Matt Harding, geek hero, cewebrity and inspiration to many who loved his dancing videos, visited the WhereTheHellIsMatt.com website and, indeed, reposted his videos on their own blogs came clean recently and admitted that the doubting YouTube commenters were right, and that he is, in fact, a fake.
He is in fact an actor whose previous biggest accomplishment was playing a corpse on CSI: Miami. He is terrified of flying and has never left the US. He was hired by New York based viral ad agency Buzz!Brain to feature in the project, on the basis of his "affably horrible dancing ability".
The project, as this video shows, involved a huge amount of photoshopping, green screens and an army of animatronic puppets (including one called Larry) to maintain the secrecy necessary to create the illusion. He revealed how he almost drowned during the non-gravity scene, which was really filmed in a hollowed out Boeing 727 in an Olympic swimming pool. He also showed the budget, which, though expensive he feels was worth it, and features the costs of the puppets ($8,000,000), secrecy bribes ($2.5m) and robot uprising insurance for $1m.
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At the Entertainment Gathering (EG) conference in Monterey, California where he revealed the hoax, the actor playing Harding comments on how the original video, which Time Magazine has named the best viral video of 2008, inspired so many comments, that people had
"a profound joy of feeling connected to the whole world by watching this simple act of uncoordinated, unselfconscious silliness shared by everyone"that he wished the video had been real. "It wouldn't solve anything or change anything" said Harding, "Our problems are still our problems, but maybe there's some value in being reminded of the really basic stuff we have in common." And so invited the audience up to dance with him at the end of his talk.
And then, of course, at MacWorld this year - this video was published a short time ago - he reveals that that hoax was a hoax:
So, there you have it. The Matt Harding videos are not fake. Odd seeing/hearing him speak, eh?