Did you hear the story about the British director Mike Figgis? He arrived at Los Angeles airport on his way to take up a TV job for Fox/Sony. When asked the purpose of his visit, he supposedly said, “I’m here to shoot a pilot.”
As the story goes, it then took him five hours to clear security.
Sad to report, it’s not entirely true… Figgis mentioned in an interview that the phrase and its possible consequences had crossed his mind, but what he actually said was something uncontroversial and he walked straight on through.
Didn’t stop The Observer reporting it as fact, though.