When American Ninja Warrior released a run from what they said was an 81 year old competitor named Arthur Hickenlooper, the Internet exploded with curiosity.
Was this really an incredible older gentleman? Was this just an excellent makeup job? The debate got heated at points and when the video hit 25 million views on Facebook, American Ninja Warrior decided to set the record straight with another video.
Here’s the spoiler: No, Ninja Warrior fans. It’s not real.
The video is of American Ninja Warrior legend Brent Steffensen after five hours of makeup. The producers even dropped hints along the way that it was all just a little bit of fun. The “competitor’s” last name is Hickenlooper, which is also the last name of Colorado’s Governor, who was at the Denver taping. His “wife” was really Matt Iseman’s mom, who has already appeared in a joke video this season.
So there you have it. Anyone can be a Ninja Warrior, but Arthur Hickenlooper is not.