I think everyone has a unique drama threshold: the level of drama you can tolerate in your life.
My drama threshold is pretty high. I remember someone at work once sent me an email because she was concerned because I seemed to have a lot of drama in my life. It seemed she thought I was courting it (no), or using it as currency to get attention (totally).
Gary, I am sad to say, has a higher than Hollywood drama threshold. He'll experience an awful situation and then relay it to me with extra added painful drama, just so he can see how I react (usually tears) and then start to dial it back. "Well, they might not have said exactly that," and, "Well, I might have exaggerated that."
It is torture, because I feel for him, and then I get the figurative football pulled away and land on my back like a fool.
Or perhaps he's changing his story, not because he's exaggerating but because he doesn't want to see me upset.
I don't know. I've got to toughen up my drama threshold though.