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Rick Astley Calls Rickroll 'Hilarious,' 'Bizarre'; Plans Arena Tour, But Can He Still Dance?
So what DOES Rick Astley think of his accidental role as star of the viral Internet prank that keeps on never giving up?
Despite rumors of a possible Super Bowl halftime appearance and the pining of journalists and geeks around the world, the Rick behind the Rickroll has remained mum. Or perhaps nobody bothered to call his management.
But in a breakout week for the Rickroll that included a nod from the Gray Lady, David Sarno of the LA Times' Web Scout blog pulled it off: an exclusive, 900-word conversation with the always-say-never, 42-year-old British pop singer.
"It's a bit spooky, innit?" Astley said of the phenomenon of clicking on a link only to unexpectedly launching the video of a "pretty naff" song from 1987. “But that’s what brilliant about the Internet,” he added, before admitting that he found the Scientology Rickroll to be "hilarious."
Props to Sarno for writing the definitive breakdown of the Rickroll even if we're still afraid to click most of the links in his blog post. Check it out -- it's complete with audio highlights of his conversation with Astley.
Photo via Rick Astley's official Web site.