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'The Grey' Director Downplays Wolf Controversy

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‘The Grey’ has been surrounded by controversy from the beginning, with fears that the film will create an image of wolves as man-hunting monsters. With the news that director Joe Carnahan had Liam Neeson and his castmates eat wolf meat to “get into character,” that controversy only grew. The story has gotten quite the response here on Ecorazzi.

Now, the movie continues to be bashed by conservationists and animal organizations, according to Contact Music. ‘The Grey’ follows characters after their plane crashes and they are stuck in the frozen wilderness of Alaska as they’re hunted by wolves. “Wolves don’t hunt humans – they actually shy away from them. It’s not anything new for wolves to be portrayed as the bad guy in fairy tales, and we don’t take it seriously because it’s fantasy, but this movie is supposed to be real,” said Maggie Howell, managing director of America’s Wolf Conservation Center.

Publicist Liz Biber defends the film, saying “‘The Grey’ is a work of entertainment. We have been pleased to work with (environmental group) The Sierra Club and others to spread the word about how the public can support the protection of the grey wolf.”

Carnahan also spoke about the reaction to the film on Sierra Club radio, saying they used the wolves only “as a metaphor” and that the wolves were defending their territory. He said, “I’m a big animal advocate and love my dogs, and by extension wolves. I don’t have anything about me that would ever encourage anyone to go out and hunt wolves or destroy what is a beautiful creature.”

Well, except for the movie you directed about wolves relentlessly hunting down a group of humans, and the frozen wolf meat you had sent to your set so that your movie stars could pretend to be fighting for their survival.

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  • Nice. I agree about the wolves not hunting humans, since i’ve lived in Alaska my whole life… lol. BTW, for those interested in the new redband trailer, The Film Informant did a nice writeup… http://thefilminformant.com/2012/01/the-grey-trailer-3-red-band/

  • Marciealder

    Now I have to stop liking Liam. Shame on him and Carnahan. I was raised on a ranch in the deserts of Arizona. We had wolves. They never, ever came near humans. These animals are some of the most beloved of the animal kingdom. Their sense of family, community, parenting, etc. is something humans could learn from.

    I’m sincerely disappointed that the Sierra Club had anything to do with the film. Makes me suspicious of their motives. I’ve been a supporter of animal welfare leagues that defend wolves. Perhaps we can use the attention this movie is receiving to educate the ignorant on the truth of these magnificent beings.

  • Layne Taylor

    This makes me so sick. I too despise Liam now. Shame on you! Let’s just breed ignorance with more ignorance shall we? Suuuure, we’re all about wolf conservation…now let’s make them mindless killing machines that are rabid for human blood. Fail.


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