As in the one-man show, Melaris points out in an interview with the Daily Star that the original film — show to him by Ray Santilli, a filmmaker who claimed to have the only copy – was an obvious fake. What Melaris offered to create was a better fake that would be used in a ‘documentary’ about it that was eventually shown in 1995 on the Fox network, causing great excitement and controversy.
Santilli got all of the credit and Melaris’ work was largely ignored, even when Santilli and fellow producer Gary Shoefield finally revealed that, while the documentary was a fraud as was the film shown in it, there was once a real black-and-white alien autopsy that he claimed to still have a few frames of. Melaris’ one-man show last year was supposed to settle the controversy once and for all.
“I have repeatedly challenged Santilli and Shoefield to produce just one frame of genuine 1947 film with the alien’s image on it.”
Santilli hasn’t, although he did reveal a photograph of the autopsy last year that he claimed was from the film, which he claims is now in terrible shape. Melarius’ new ‘big reveal’ was an appearance on the BBC’s The One Show, a disappointment in more ways than just not being a Broadway musical or anything with Betty White. He does give a lot of credit to another member of the crew: his ex-girlfriend.