Glen Powell discovers that the story about a date with a cannibal was fake


Glen Powell wants the world to know that ‘back massages are back’.

The “Hit Man” actor took to X on Monday to clear up his viral “date a cannibal” comment that sent the internet into a frenzy.

During a late May appearance on the “Therapuss” podcast hosted by his training partner Jake Shane, Powell told a story about how his little sister’s boyfriend started getting “weird vibes” from a man on a date — who turned out to be a cannibal , after he gave her a massage with “black market lotion that breaks down the skin for human consumption.”

Apparently, the internet fact-checked the claims first and discovered that the “Top Gun: Maverick” alum’s viral moment was originally an urban myth. According to Snopes, a site that fact-checks and debunks urban legends, their first email in this vein dates back to 2001.

Powell jokingly took to X to speak out about the podcast segment that tore the internet up with speculation.

“Props to my little sister’s friend who told her this dating story… I’ve been telling this for years,” Powell said on X Monday before joking, “I’m questioning my whole life now… False alarm. Back rubs are back .”

Glen Powell talks about Netflix’s ‘Hit Man’ his dog Brisket and the ‘freedom’ of moving to Texas

During the original date story, he said his little sister’s boyfriend went to the man’s apartment for a back rub and she started having “weird feelings” and left the apartment. The next day she went to a doctor after her skin “started itching like crazy” and the doctor ran tests that showed the “black market lotion” was present.

“This man rubbed lotion on her body to eat her, so the doctor said, ‘You have to give me this person’s address and then you have to call the police.’ They showed up at this guy’s house and he had the bodies of several girls,” Powell told Shane.

Glen Powell moved back to Texas as he rose to superstardom

While Powell got sidetracked by the cannibal conversation on the podcast, the actor was promoting his new Netflix film “Hit Man.” He opened up to USA TODAY, in an interview tied to the film, about his dog Brisket and trading Hollywood for his Texas roots.

“The goal was always when I got enough traction in LA that I could return home. I’ve always held a spot here in Austin, but I finally got the spot I really wanted,” the native Texan told USA TODAY. “My parents just turned 70 and you want to enjoy every moment you are close to your family.”

That’s what the leading man, who was recently inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, said told USA TODAY that “It’s really fun to be around people who love movies and love business,” but added that “sometimes that echo chamber can’t be so great for you in terms of mental health.”

Contributors: Brian Truitt