Joe Millionaire: The Butler Did It
Paul Hogan, a veteran British butler, was hired by Fox to transform Joe Millionaire (a/k/a Evan Marriott) into a true gentleman of the world.
But even Hogan did not know Marriott was a hoax.
"I didn't know it was a hoax," said Hogan, who was hired for the show through England's prestigious Butler's Guild. "I didn't know there was a twist until the last day of shooting."
And how did he feel once he knew.
"I thought it was fascinating," he said.
Hogan's task was not an easy one. He had to transform a Southern California construction worker into a polished aristocrat.
"I'll have to say he is a quick learner," Hogan said. "But it was a bit of a triage operation at the start. We tackled the major things first and then went from there."
The veteran butler said he did notice a change in Marriott as the days went by.
"I'm sure there was a maturation process," he said. "I don't know how significant, but there was one."
Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.