Some time before I saw The Sixth Sense, a friend’s girlfriend was telling me how much I needed to see it and how the movie had a “twist ending,” to which I immediately replied “so Bruce Willis is dead?” She tried to deny the statement, but I knew. She’d ruined it for me. What other twist ending could someone put into a movie about a kid who sees dead people?
Last night, my wife and I finally watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For months, Frank Marshall and others on the production denied that Shia LeBeouf’s character Mutt Williams was the son of Indiana Jones. Less than halfway through the movie, he is revealed as exactly that.
Just a few days ago, Senator Joe Biden claimed that he was “not the guy” when asked about the possibility of being Barack Obama’s running mate.
Why do people keep lying to me?
I have some important news that I want to make official.
I’ve chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.
Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois — the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.
I think there is a belief that keeping a secret for as long as possible gives it more impact when the secret is finally revealed, and in some cases that can definitely be true. Continuing the movie comparisons, I really wish the first knowledge I’d had of The Lord of the Rings films had been the trailer with the ring spinning through the air interspersed with the famous “One ring to rule them all…” line rather than knowing about the filming years ahead of time. That said, when someone’s on to your secret, fess up. Lying to me doesn’t fool me — it just makes me trust you less.