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— Has the world gone mad? Talk is that Caitlyn Jenner has been quoted as saying, “These few weeks as Caitlyn has been a great experience for me, but being a woman is hard. I’m 65 and I just don’t feel like having to learn a new way of life. I feel like Caitlyn was just a phase, and I am glad I realized that before getting gender reassignment surgery.”

If this is true, she/he should be glad they insist you live as a woman for a full year before having ‘spare parts’ removed.

Not long ago Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe ESPY Award for courage, to which he allegedly said, “Just because I am transitioning back to the old me doesn’t mean I was not courageous.” The backlash is bound to be enormous if this comes to pass. Let’s examine why Jenner may have done what some already are calling the greatest publicity stunt since The Golden Age of Hollywood.

Jenner was the greatest athlete of his day after winning a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He became a matinee idol because of his STUDLY good looks. He was married to Chrystie Crownover from 1972-81, Linda Thompson from 1981-86 and Kris Kardashian from 1991-2015. The past 20 years saw him being pushed into the background as the Kardashian girls rose to prominence.

Jenner tried plastic surgery to regain his looks, but instead started looking very strange. His plan to transition to womanhood crushed the “K” girls and made him important again, and he allegedly has reignited the flame with one of his exwives. Supposedly, E Channel will pay him $2 million to film an eight-part series of him “Getting Back to Bruce.” True or not, it’ll be fun to see what happens next.

Add Brad and Angelina Pitt’s “By the Sea” to the list of films that tanked (it earned $932,597 but cost $10 million to make). The film, written and directed by Jolie-Pitt, also was produced by Brad and Angelina. They’ll have to make their money in DVD/Blu-ray sales.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be back on BBC as Sherlock Holmes. First, a special film, “The Abominable Bride,” will air New Year’s Day. In April, filming will commence on season 4 for a 2017 airing. In the meantime, he’ll be seen in “Zoolander 2,” with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Justin Bieber, due out in February, and the remake of the 1978 Marvel Comic superhero film “Dr. Strange,” with Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams, arriving November 2016. Finally, there’s “Jungle Book: Origins,” with Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale, due October 2017. That’s a whole “Batch” of “Cumber”some things to watch.

© 2015 by King Features Syndicate

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