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You may have seen a recent video of Tom Brady doing the rounds, supposedly showing him at a training camp ahead of the new season.
Well, a CGI expert says all is not as it appears, and has explained exactly how the NFL legend and his team have fooled millions of us into thinking it's legit.
In the video, Brady can be seen standing on a football pitch, attempting to throw a football into a receiving machine, which then promptly launches it back into his hand.
He throws the ball three times with sniper-like precision, moving further and further away from the target as he does.
The video has left many a fan open-mouthed at the quarterback's sheer brilliance.
However, a special effects connoisseur going by the handle @CDisillusion has explained on Twitter how it was really done.
In a series of tweets, he said: "I'm gonna explain why it's fake in the following 2 tweets, but then you have to promise to stop tagging me in this forever pleeease.
"Note how the patch of the background behind/above the machine wobbles differently from the rest of the environment. It's hiding a person who was catching/throwing back the ball I guess. Also...
"Check out how the machine & its cord slide around on the field. The perfect isolation and the single rigid toy bounce with which it falls tell me it's CG!
Training camp starts this week. I'm looking forward to having some actual receivers again... pic.twitter.com/PDl1puHr46
- Tom Brady (@TomBrady) July 25, 2021
"They prob didn't want to crash a real machine because for some reason they cost $2K dollars. Ok, thanks, goodbye."
Good enough to convince you?
Well, fortunately, there's more proof, and it comes from the man who actually shot the video, Ari Fararooy.
Sharing the video to his own Instagram account, Fararooy joked: "Haters will say it's fake."
He then also tagged in a bunch of people in the caption who were involved in making it, including @warmnfuzzy.tv, which he credited for 'CGI'.
Now, when you click through to the Warm & Fuzzy account, you will find the team have also shared Brady's video - which seems kind of them if they have nothing to do with it, but it would seem they very much do.
In a post to their page, the group captioned it: "Looks pretty real to us!"
Not for the first time in your career, well played, Mr Brady. Well played.