Twitter, The Rock And The Assassination Of Osama Bin Laden

Posted by May 2, 2011 Comment

Twitter is always live, and the entries are time stamped so, sometimes, watching my feed, I’ve seen the world react to strange, unexpected and occasionally huge events, all in real time and, other times, I’ve been able to read a real time event back, after the fact, seeing brick after brick get laid in place.

Last night, I slept through two of the most interesting recent Twitter stories that I can think of, and they’re both to do with the assassination of Bin Laden, though in very different ways.

Firstly – and you’ll have to bear with me here, because the relationship to cinema is a little flimsy at first – is the Twitter account of Sohaib Athar, or @ReallyVirtual. He lives in, and was tweeting from Abbottabad in Pakistan, and entirely unbeknownst to him, he was reporting what he could hear or see of the assassination of Bin Laden.

It started with:

Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).

Went on with:

Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/

And pretty soon, the pieces of the puzzle started to come together, and the significance of what he’d been Tweeting about started to appear.

It’s just the kind of odd story that gets optioned for a Hollywood movie every week of the year (and then actually made into a film maybe one time out of fifty). I hope Athar is protected and cautious, because even something like these tweets could make him a target in circumstances like this.

Now, conversely, our second tweeter has direct links to the film industry, and he knew exactly what he was tweeting about – though, at the time, none of his followers did.

A good while before President Obama gave his briefing and told the world that Bin Laden had been assassinated, none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, tweeted the following:

Just got word that will shock the world – Land of the free…home of the brave DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

I can only assume that he has friends in the military.

So… what about The @ReallyVirtual Story, starring The Rock? I’ll give you 3 to 1 odds. More likely that Johnson taking a role in Bigelow and Boal’s project, anyhow.

(Last Updated May 2, 2011 6:25 am )