‘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.”