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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Saw V Actor to Face Real-Life Death

Thespians have been known to go to great lengths and suffer serious trials for their art, but how many would be willing to make the supreme sacrifice? Apparently, a member of the cast of the new Saw sequel will be facing just such a challenge next month, when director David Hackl begins filming for Lions Gate.
In an interview yesterday with Bloody-Disgusting, the auteur indicated that Jason Ehl, Jigsaw trap-builder extraordinaire, had crafted a trap prop for the movie that was less than entirely safe:

"Today I am looking forward to making a phone call to one of our cast to ask him how he feels about getting into a trap that could potentially kill him. For real. Of course we will make it as safe as we can and have paramedics standing by while we shoot. Its not like he really has an option and maybe it will make him appreciate his life. Ha!!"

Hmmm. I wonder how gung-ho Hackl would be if he were the one stepping into the device? It wouldn't be the first time someone died making a movie (Vic Morrow in Twilight Zone: The Movie, Brandon Lee in The Crow), but it would be the first time they were intentionally put in harm's way. Lawyer up, Lions Gate!

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In more Saw-related shenanigans, The Guardian reports today that the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed claims that the official poster for Saw IV (pictured here) was inappropriate. The ad for the movie--featured in British newspapers, magazines and the sides of public buses--was the target of 57 complaints from those who felt it was disturbing to children. Six of the complainants claimed that the ad had actually upset their own children. The ASA stated that while it was understandable the ad was distasteful to some, it was unlikely to cause widespread offense.
I normally don't sympathize with so called "media watchdogs", and even less so with perpetually outraged parents, but I'm going to play devil's advocate here. Magazine and newspaper ads seem perfectly acceptable to me, but public buses? That may be taking it a bit too far. It is a severed head we're talking about here, lest we become too callous to such imagery. I don't remember the ad running in such a public fashion here in America. I can sort of understand how that would bother some parents, and potentially disturb little kids. Not my kids, mind you, but normal kids.

7 comments:

Ryne said...

Wow, that Saw V thing seems a bit extreme. I couldn't imagine asking someone to do that.
But it's probably not as serious as they make it out to be.

Anonymous said...

This is all hype, come on now. If this guy was really gonna put himself in harms way, so many people would not be letting him do it. Lions Gate, directors, producers etc.. This guy's family would sue up the ass. It's called PUBLICITY. Which I will say is a clever way to get people talking about the movie. This is a 5th installment of a movie, a movie that is still making a lot of money.

B-Sol said...

Anonymous? Is this the thanks I get for linking to TheRedCarpet? For shame....
In all seriousness though, hopefully you're right. Could just be some clever marketing spin. I wonder what the trap he's talking about is.

Dove said...

Yeah definitely marketing ploy because now I also want to know which trap they are talking about. I will see it anyway when it his DVD.

As to the pic, yes maybe a bit much for the bus, though there isn't any real gore and it kinda looks like he is taking a nap. *laughs* okay maybe not!

Dove

Karl Hungus said...

It astonishes me in this day and age, that some people and media are still getting wound up over horror movies. It's just ridiculous, and I would've hoped that humanity would move on and leave such hysterics behind.

B-Sol said...

Alas, Karl, methinks you are overly optimistic about the human race in general. That's why you need to become a misanthrope, like me!

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