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    Is 'Joe' Really Faux?

    Is 'Joe' Really Faux?
    Sun, Jan 19, 2003 01:43 PM PDT

    by Brill Bundy
    Zap2it, TV News

    LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - There are three key components to being a good liar: 1) keep your fake story as close as possible to the real one; 2) be extremely detailed; 3) create confusion by dropping enough inconsistencies that no one knows where to begin investigating.

    "Joe Millionaire's" Evan Marriott appears to be employing all of the above.

    So far, one of the most compelling features of FOX's surprise hit is observing how the women see what they want to. Since they were told that Marriott is worth $50 million, everything is clouded by this "knowledge."

    On the premiere episode, Marriott, who has never ridden before, gallops up to meet the women on the back of a horse. Everyone is suitably impressed and even remark how it's obvious he's done it before. When he turns to leave, Marriott stumbles getting back on his gallant steed. The besotted damsels laugh it off as nerves, not inexperience.

    The funny thing is, now that a rumor has begun that in the end "Joe Millionaire" is going to pull a double cross revealing Marriott to be wealthy after all, reporters are becoming just as obsessed as the women in proving this to be true -- even though there's no real evidence.

    Here's what we do have to go on.

    His name: Even though for security reasons, Marriott is using his middle name, Wallace, as his last on the show, having a fake millionaire who says he got the gig through some guy he met as a Christmas party and who just happens to have the same surname as a certain hotel empire seems a bit too coincidental.

    And face it, Evan Wallace Marriott screams "rich boy." All that's missing is a III at the end.

    His occupation: Billed as actually being a $19,000 a year construction worker Marriott's cover story brings to mind the old Kids in the Hall sketch -- "Jesus was a carpenter ... just not a very good one." At 28, skeptics point out, Marriott really should be pulling down more than this, even if he is a high school dropout.

    Claiming to have worked as a bellman and a doorman before going into construction, it's also the one thing Marriott is prickly about.

    "It's nobody's business, but to set the record straight, I made $29.54 an hour," he says, saying that the $19,000 figure came from when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 happened and he was out of work for six months.

    Marriott has also dabbled at modeling, appearing in a swimsuit/underwear catalog after meeting a photographer at a gym.

    "It's the Steve Carrington story," joked one critic Saturday (Jan. 18) at the FOX portion of the Winter Press Tour, referring to the black sheep of the "Dynasty " family, "except [Marriott's] not gay."

    His background: Here's where the cover story gets a bit fishy. While he says his Virginia upbringing was a comfortable one, it was far from a wealthy one.

    "I had Ralph Lauren clothes, but they were bought from TJ Maxx," Marriott says, pointing out that he bought his first car on his own.

    Dad is a banker and Mom stayed at home painting sweatsuits on the side to bring in a little extra cash and express her artistic side. Still, his parents did manage to pony up the tuition for the Hargrave Military Academy (currently $19,950 a year) until Evan dropped out during his junior year because he didn't want to take a government class.

    For its part, FOX is remaining coy about what will happen on "Joe Millionaire's" finale. FOX Entertainment President Gail Berman will only say, "I believe that the American public is going to be extremely satisfied by the ending of this show. Extremely satisfied."

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    Faux Joe! You gotta love that.

    It's scary though. Joe's favorite pizza place is my favorite pizza place, and I bought a Ralph Lauren gray wool flannel jumper at TJ Max once (it was really nice!). I'm feeling very faux right now!

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    I am sure that Joe could not spell or pronounce faux...

    In reality though, if Evan's Marriot connection had any validity to it (as in being related to the rich Marriots...) then I suppose that the smokinggun or someone else would have found it by now.

    I still believe he may get rich somehow in this process, but I don't think it is the angle this article purports to be.
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    On Regis and Kelly, Evan confirmed that he was not related to 'those' Marriots.

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    "It's nobody's business, but to set the record straight, I made $29.54 an hour," he says, saying that the $19,000 figure came from when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 happened and he was out of work for six months.
    Assuming he worked full time for 6 months, at $30 an hour it would be about 30 grand.

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    I thought to only make 19k he must be the laziest construction guy ever, especially if he works on the heavy machinery.Like about 4 months work.

    As for regis and kelly - you heard it first at the Fort. I posted on the 7th
    Founder of the Marriott hotel chain was J. Willard Marriott,who also founded A&W, Big Boy and Roy Rodgers food chains. His son is JW-Bill Marriott current head of the board of directors. He has no son or grandson named Evan .Their worth is in the Billions, not a mere 50 mil.

    If he's a farther than son or grandson away he wouldn't be worth any cash.

    Faux Joe and MoJo does sound funny

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    Originally posted by enygma
    Faux Joe and MoJo does sound funny
    Fauxjoe Mojo. Sounds like a villain on Power Puff Girls.

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    Fauxjoe Mojo. Sounds like a villain on Power Puff Girls.
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    No! It's evil Fauxjoe Mojo!

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    I don't know why Fox even published his earnings at a specific amount.

    I know this show isn't founded on integrity, but they have seen to it that the details they have given about him can be fairly easily checked and shown to be false.

    Why not just say "he earned less than $25,000 last year"?
    People would be more apt to believe that were possible and I don't feel it would raise as much suspicion as stating a specific amount.
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