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Introduction to the video-lesson John Malkovich on Finding a Woman in His Garden

Is it a true story or just made up?

On BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, the famous American actor John Malkovich tells a story about how he finds a woman in his garden. Malkovich does his best to make us believe that it’s a true story from his life, but the story is such a perfectly structured anecdote that it’s hard to accept. What do you think? Is it true or made up?

What makes it an anecdote?

John Malkovich finds a woman in his garden. He calls her ‘a very big woman’ – basically a polite way of saying that she was fat. He later emphasises her size, describing her as a “Michelin woman”.

The woman offers to be Malkovich’s assistant but he gently refuses, saying he doesn’t think it’s a good idea (this makes the audience laugh).

He then gradually comes to the punchline:

  1. She has written a screenplay called “She Kills”.
  2. The title looks like it’s been written (scratched in) with a bloody nail.
  3. The screenplay is about an out-of-work woman who kills a well-known actor (possibly John Malkovich).

Watch the video John Malkovich on finding a woman in his garden. Go through the activities in the lesson to improve your listening comprehension.

Vocabulary

true story – a story that really happened

made-up story – fiction, a story that didn’t actually happen

make us believe – convinces us something is true

perfectly – with absolutely no mistakes

structured – built, constructed

anecdote – a short, amusing story about a real incident or person

resume – restart, begin again

very big/fat – a person that is heavier than normal, corpulent, overweight, obese

politely – behaving well towards others, courteously

emphasises – gives special importance or value to something or someone, highlights

Michelin – a French tyre manufacturer famed for its mascot the “Michelin Man”

refuses – declines to accept something, e.g. an offer or a request

gently – kindly

gradually – developing slowly, step by step

punchline – the final phrase or sentence of a joke or story that prompts laughter

possibly – maybe, perhaps