Footage of a scene shot in November of 2015 for the approaching movie, A Dog’s Purpose, has canine enthusiasts outraged and anxious for the canine’s protection.
In the video, acquired and launched through TMZ, one of the vital movie’s a number of animal actors, Hercules, a German Shepherd seems to be apprehensive, desperately resisting capturing a scene within a pool of churning water and rapids. The video photos displays a canine handler showing to drive the animal into speeding water, regardless of the canine’s determined makes an attempt to stay on dry land.
The canine used to be ultimately dropped into the water the place he nearly instantly submerged. It is unclear if the canine used to be skilled to pass underneath water fairly than tread on best, however somebody in the background of the video yelled, “Cut it!” … and handlers rushed to pull the canine from the water.
TMZ stories that director Lasse Hallström used to be provide throughout the incident, and that a minimum of one member of the team used to be extraordinarily disturbed through the canine’s remedy throughout this scene.
TMZ reached out to each Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures who stated, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.” Producers from Amblin defined that the canine had “several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure (he) was comfortable with all of the stunts.”
“On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.”
The American Humane Association, whose Humane Hollywood initiative puts a security consultant on set to make sure that “No Animals Were Harmed” throughout filming, advised the fame gossip website that the consultant who used to be on set that day were suspended after officers noticed the video.
“We are placing the safety representative who was on the set on administrative leave immediately and are bringing in an independent third party to conduct an investigation into this matter,” the group advised TMZ.
Producers file that Hercules is okay.