Did Waldo (of Where’s Waldo Fame) Appear In Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Waldo of Where’s Waldo fame appeared in Apocalypto.

Mel Gibson’s follow up to his blockbuster film about the death of Jesus was 2006’s Apocalypto, which told a story set at the end of the great Mayan civilization in the 8th and 9th Centuries.

In the trailer for the film, Mel Gibson added a single frame showing himself in normal clothes with a cigarette in his mouth surrounded by a bunch of Mayan people.

Gibson, it should be noted, is a perennial jokester, known for doing many practical jokes during the filming of his movies.

Well, in the actual film, Apocalypto, Gibson did a joke similar to the trailer joke, only this time it was not all that well received.

At one point during the film, there’s a mass grave filled with dead bodies.

For a single frame of this scene, Gibson added the following…

Yep, that’s none other than Waldo, of Where’s Waldo (who we discussed earlier in the week in Picture Book Legends Revealed).

You can see it for yourself in this YouTube clip (try to freeze at around the 31 second mark)…

The legend is…


Thanks to Albert Planas for the clip!

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2 Responses to “Did Waldo (of Where’s Waldo Fame) Appear In Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto?”

  1. Sadly, the clip is gone because the account is closed. :(

  2. I found a new clip, Kiki. I edited it into the piece.

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