by Jennifer Mishler
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‘The Grey’ raised concerns among many that the film would give wolves a reputation as blood-crazed human-killers, much like “Jaws” did with Great White sharks.

Now comes the news that Liam Neeson and others cast members of the film ate wolf meat while filming in Alaska. According to Contactmusic, Director Joe Carnahan wanted the actors to really put themselves in the shoes of the characters, stuck in the frozen wild. So, he had frozen wolf meat flown in, because that’s what people stuck in the snow and ice and fighting for their survival do, right?

Carnahan said of the meat, “I knew how bad it was gonna be and I knew what we were facing so we just all went through it together on the day. We all communally ate wolf and it wasn’t appetising. It was one of those necessary things because I wanted them (actors) to have a sense of the movie we were making. We’re gonna eat wolf and we’re gonna go out in the tundra.”

He also emphasized that none of the cast or crew killed the wolf, saying “Some guy had him in his basement. I don’t know if it was a trap line wolf but it was a wolf that had been up to a misdeed of some sort. They were preying on cattle. We had asked if there was one we could eat and sure enough this guy had one in his freezer for six months which probably didn’t help the taste! The permafrost didn’t help the layer underneath. Maybe we just had bad wolf, I don’t know.” Neeson agreed with the director’s take on the wolf meat, adding “It tastes like chicken but really gamey!”

The wolf was “up to a misdeed?” More accurately, one might say the wolf was up to preying on animals that he or she would eat to survive, unlike the stars of “The Grey.”

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Collette/1619971187 Sharon Collette

    I think this film is going to be the worst thing to happen to wolves in years we need to be conserving our wild life not demonizing them

  • Laineynield

    PLEASE BOYCOTT THIS FILM !!! The producers should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves churning out such rubbish I m very disappointed in Liam Neeson These beautiful creatures do not deserve such portrayal Disgusting !

  • tina

    No one should judge until you yourself have been in a predicament. If you have never been in a bad situation count your blessings. By the way Liam Neeson is an awesome actor. By bad mouthen someone it just means your jealous and that’s just sad.

    • Tanya Barnett53

      Eating wolf is barbaric!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenny-Sue-Hane/529065328 Jenny Sue Hane

      So, just who was in a predicament here? This was not an actual survival situation; the actors ate the wolf meat because they were *pretending* to be in a survival situation and wanted to “get into character.”

  • birdpond

    Highly irresponsible to make a film like this. Bad judgment. Bad karma. Not worth going to see. I am no longer a Neeson fan..

  • Tanya Barnett53

    IF this is true, I will never watch another Mr. Neeson is in.

  • http://twitter.com/OWStarr Oliver Starr

    It is my personal goal to reduce the persecution and misunderstanding of these animals on a large scale. To that end, please boycott Liam Neeson’s current move “The Grey” that is a gross and abusive mischaracterization of these sensitive and shy animals. Worse, the director actually had his cast (including Neeson) consume wolf meat in preparation for their roles. This was barbaric, unnecessary and unrealistic and even if it weren’t for the joke of a storyline, is sufficiently reprehensible IMHO that anyone that loves animals should refuse to ever see another film with Neeson (or any of the lesser known actors) that partook of this ghastly repast.

  • Lucas

    LOOK AT JAWS, THAT MADE PEOPLE FEAR SHARKS
    WE DONT WANT PEOPLE FEARING WOLVES, NOT LIKE THAT

  • Cherokee_rose43

    PLEASE DO BOYCOTT THIS MOVIE AND THESE ACTORS WHO ATE THE WOLF

    MEAT!!!! WHAT WERE AND ARE THEY THINKING!!!??? SHAME ON THEM ALL

    I WAS A HUGE FAN OF LIAM NEESON BUT NOT ANYMORE!!!!

    THESE CREATURES ARE BEING TORTURED AND SLAUGHTERED, MOTHERS, FATHERS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, EVEN PREGNANT FEMALES AND BABIES ARE BEING KILLED IN HORRIFIC WAYS!!!!

    THESE RICH MOVIE STARS COULD BE DOING GOOD WITH THEIR MONEY, FAME AND TIME AVOCATING NOT SUCH RUBBISH LIKE THIS CAUSING SO MUCH HARM TO A BEAUTIFUL MISUNDERSTOOD CREATURE!!!!

    I COULD HAVE A SECOND STROKE OVER THIS I’M SO UPSET!!!!

    SOME OF US ARE JUST REGULAR PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR AND WORK VERY HARD TO SAVE THESE ANIMALS AND A RICH ACTOR LIKE THIS IDIOT MAKES WOLVES LOOK EVIL AND HE EATS WOLF MEAT!!!!

    REALLY, I MEAN REALLY WHAT AN IDIOT,,,TASTE LIKE CHICKEN !…REALLY..?

    SERIOUSLY VERY UPSETTING TO ME!!!!

  • Stlbecky

    Sorry but people are meant to eat meat. If it isnt illegal then they did nothing wrong. I too love wolves. They are magnificent creatures. I however am tired of meat eaters being demonized. We were meant to eat meat and so are other animals. It is the way it is.

    • logicalintuitive

      Since when do you eat the meat of a CARNIVORE? The actors were just trying to ‘get into character’, and make a headline out of it for shock value. This is Hollywood, remember? This wasn’t a real-life survival situation. Would you eat your DOG for shock value? I couldn’t kill and eat my dog even to survive – it would be like killing family to me.

      Wolves are the parents of our dogs. Our dogs are domesticated wolves. Liam basically ate dog.

      Sorry, there isn’t an ounce of integrity in this film or among these actors. Disgusting.

      • Fiyahshot

        The cast and crew didn’t kill it. Dang they just ate it I’m sure they didn’t enjoy it

  • WolvesAreAwesome

    They should make a movie that makes wolves look like the GOOD guys, I mean, be original for once! how is making wolves look evil original! I’m fedup of wolves appearing in cartoons and movies and looking like the bad guys…. like in kungfu panda 2, and in the first narnia film, and in that little red riding hood movie, and now this!

    For crying out loud, wolves are just animals that live in the wild, not demons that we need to terrorize! And we can’t eat them either, thats just wrong!!!!

    • Dark_Laser

      It’s called Twilight.

  • Harmonygirl

    Boo, Liam Neeson! Booo, “The Grey”! Booooo, o ye villifiers of wolves! Just STOP!

  • Snakegirl_shilach

    i’m never gonna watch this movie or pay for it,as for the people who made it if I ever meet them,feel free to come at my house were I can cut off you’re fucking legs and force them drown you’re throat,they are lucky to live so far away,making a wolf look evil,is again showing how weak a human is,glad there are some good people left,if I was one of the actors I wouldn’t do it in the first place,they are filthy morons,neither am I gonna watch the movies they play in again,poor wolves they have to suffer for morons,and it isn’t bad because the wolf did something ? srry but not protecting you’re live stock is you’re own fault if a wolf catches it,so if a person steals something from my house I should follow them and shoot them or what ?

  • Brianna

    Disgusting!!!!!!!! Ban this film!!!!

  • Atli Hafsteinsson

    I would’ve expected a film with as antequated perceptions on wildlife such as this to have been made in the 70s or 80s, not in 2012! And with Liam Neeson too! How ridiculous, not to mention do wolves totally NOT need this image!

  • Jhoffmandog44

    I hate this guy , I will never watch this movie

  • AreYouKiddingMe

    Dumb movie, dumb actors, dumb director. Hope they all bomb.

  • Luckie6

    I used to like Liam Neeson I don’t anymore wolfs only eat to survive how can you make a movie like this? You make me sick all of you in the movie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mario.gandolfo Mario Gandolfo

    So Liam you F-ing MONEY GRUBBER !! how many millions did you scarf off this lame azz movie..tell ya what Irishman…why don’t you contribute all the money you stole for starring in this lame film and donate it to wolf conservation groups and then maybe we might think about forgiving you hmmm ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641482202 Elizabeth M. Ginn

    This is sickening. Will definitely not watch this film or any others with anyone who was involved with this film! Absolutely disgusting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maribeth.bryan Maribeth Bryan

    That’s disgusting. As if eating animals didn’t perpetuate their deaths. As if it could ever be excusable to promote violence against innocent animals. I think this director is a fucking dick. I think we should eat him so we can get pumped for promoting this movie as the horrifying libel that it is.

  • Snobr9

    Vile and Disgusting :O
    Bad enough they villify wolves, who must be about the most persecuted animals in history, and are currently dying at the hands of hunters/haters in Idaho and Montana on a daily basis by horrible means, but to add the evil deed of eating a canine is really over the top. I will never watch another Liam Neeson movie; or one by this director/producer ! The sight of his face makes me sick all over again, thinking of what he ate!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGTBXWVPXL6PSRAGWPR66VMOKY Reno Hightower

    Necessary? The director called it “necessary”….what an arrogant piece of shit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sylvia.gladwin Sylvia Gladwin

    I used to like Liam Neeson I thought he was a good actor and good man, I have changed my opinion now. Wolves are a beautiful animal and deserve respect and all wild animals should be respected and feared as they are wild. Why was it neccessary to eat wolf to get into character I thought they were paid big bucks to ACT. All I can say is if a remake of the film that a football team died in the mountains and the survivors ate human flesh to survive would the cast of the film eat human flesh to get into character???? who knows maybe they would!!!!!!!

  • Janessaleon

    A FEW MOVIES LIKE THE CANYON CAST A BAD LIGHT ON WOLVES….THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT! I AM DISAPPOINTED IN LIAM AND THE WHOLE CAST.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571472598 Aleksey Volchek

    While theres a lot of demonizing of the movie and the producers and the actors … you guys are completely leaving out one major fact: “Americans are gullible.” It’s a movie, nothing more, nothing less. I doubt it’ll do anything. We live in a different age from when Jaws were shot.

    Do you know how many movies show *people* killing *people* … well thats just my point. Calm Down people.

  • http://twitter.com/OWStarr Oliver Starr

    Folks, we’ve already collected over 3300 signatures on a petition to boycott this film that will be delivered to the film’s distributors, Open Road Films to show the public’s disgust and what @LiamNeeson and the film’s director David Carnahan have done but with the scripting of this completely inaccurate portrayal of wolves and also the unnecessary consumption of wolf meat as a means to help the actors “get into character” (as if eating a wolf meat stew has anything to do with wilderness survival).

    Please help us show the world that people that care about animals, nature and the truth have a voice and the power to make ourselves heard. Sign the petition here and help me boycott this movie when it debuts on January 27th!
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/40/boycott-the-grey/

  • Aragorn948

    Why are people so mad about this? The wolves were already dead. The cast and crew of the film did nothing wrong. And besides…it looks like it’s gonna be a great movie!

    • Diana790109

      Really, so it’s ok to kill a living being for a sake of a fucking movie? They had a trapper kill four wolves!!! Since when do we kill animals for props ? They could have used computer models! Deer meat! But they had 4 wolves slaughered just to feel like they fit characters in a movie!!! Disgusting and sick!!! They are actors who have bags of money !!! They did not have to eat wolves!!!

  • LOUPINETTE

    I’M WOLF WARRIOR! I ADORE WOLVES! THIS MOVIE IS A VERY BAD AND STUPIDE FILM!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JXE2IXW3CTYRMRMZXQTYTW2JUQ veggiesoup

    No doubt the Wolves were probably hunted by helicopters, one of the most barbaric ways to hunt them. Yet, Alaskan citizens have voted to outlaw the cruel helicopter hunts twice or three times… running them down til they can run no more or break legs & shoot is cruel. it’s irresponsible and ignorant for anyone to promote or even admit this!! Makes me less fan of Liam neeson.

  • Human

    I am a wolf lover, but seriously people. One wolf. That was caught in a trap. If it was ten wolves I would understand but it wasn’t. Why can’t they eat the meat?

  • Dustan

    All these comments are stupid. I like wolves just as much as the next person but come on!! Boycotting the film and the actors? It was a great movie. Btw, wolves are no longer going extinct. They were taken off the endangered species list because they are not endangered anymore. Do your research before you run your mouth. Just enjoy the movie and stop having a fit. This is not going to bring about the extinction of the wolves.

  • James

    There were several dumb premises in this film. And if you’re going to have wolves relentlessly killing people throughout (which is absolutely absurd), why didn’t they end it with something equally ridiculous, like a great white shark chomping on Liam’s leg in the river scene?
    Like me, I think most everyone commenting here is concerned that boneheads will see this film and encourage other boneheads like Sarah Palin to keep shooting wolves from helicopters (now that’s a sporting weekend pastime). If the film maker had had any integrity, they would have added a disclaimer at the end, admitting that wolf packs have never attacked a human being.

  • greasy_r

    The wolves are a metaphor people. Jeez.

    And wolves can get ‘up to misdeeds’. It’s unfortunate, but ranchers can’t afford to have wolves predating their livestock. Wolves get killed all the time; usually the meat is not used. I think wolves are awesome, but if they had a habit of entering my house and destroying my things I might feel differently. . .