For close to 30 years now, there's been a rumor that the more apt title for Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson's comical adventure looking after a child would have been Three Men, A Ghost And A Baby. Viewers have been convinced for years that one particular scene in the comedy features the ghost of a nine-year-old boy who committed suicide with a shotgun in the house where it was filmed. Of course, online chatter has only made this speculation more intense, but now its star Tom Selleck has cleared up the rumors once and for all by insisting that it isn't true. Mostly because they shot the film on a sound-stage, not in a house.
Tom Selleck dismissed the long-held belief that Three Men And A Baby includes a ghost during his recent appearance on The Tonight Show. Host Jimmy Fallon came right out and insisted that Three Men And A Baby included such an apparition, which provoked Tom Selleck to give his side of the story. The wonderfully mustachioed individual recalled,
The story was that this kid died in the house where we shot the movie. Well, we shot on a sound stage. They built the set and all. ... I always thought it was a poster, a full-size poster, that had been knocked over. That was my theory.
Tom Selleck has his own thoughts on why the speculation became so rife, and he even suggested that Disney might have had something to do with it. That's because video sales of the film sky rocketed after the rumor of the ghost emerged, all of which lined Mickey Mouse's pockets.
Jimmy Fallon later went on to provide further evidence that the spooky rumors were in fact pure poppycock, as The Tonight Show was provided with a deleted scene for the film that proved that the ghost in the background was actually a poster of Ted Danson's character that had fallen over. Or maybe that's just what they want us to think.
Clearly there are some of you out there that will want to form your own opinions on the matter by checking out the evidence for yourself. You can do that now by checking out the specific clip from Three Men And A Baby below.
You can also check out the full interview between Tom Selleck and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show here, too.
As much as I'd love to think that a ghost is actually in Three Men And A Baby I think we can all now admit that this rumor has been emphatically squashed. I'd still be all for a Three Men And A Baby And A Ghost reboot, though.