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Liam Neeson's 'The Grey' Faces Animal Activists Wrath

January 28, 2012 18:51:27 GMT

Animal-loving organizations are protesting on the film's portrayal of wolves as bloodthirsty animals, fearing that human will hunt them out of misunderstanding.


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While "The Grey" is scaring moviegoers in the U.S., animal rights activists are fighting for its boycott. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is one of the organizations who thought that there's a misinterpretation on the portrayal of wolves as aggressive and bloodthirsty animal.

"The writers paint a pack of wolves living in the Alaskan wilderness as bloodthirsty monsters, intent on killing every survivor of a plane crash by tearing each person limb from limb," PETA said in a statement, referring to the scene where Liam Neeson's character fend off the wolves after his plane crashes.

Meanwhile, The Wolf Conservation Center wanted to clarify the nature of wolves. "In reality, wild wolves are shy and elusive," the center's website said. "A person in wolf country has a greater chance of being hit by lightning ...than being injured by a wolf." Experts also said that wolves tend to fear human and would avoid interaction at all costs.

Director Joe Carnahan has responded with an explanation that the film is about a man's journey to find his survival instincts. "I never intended [the wolves] to be the aggressor; I look at them as the defenders. I think these guys are in a very territorially sensitive place. [The humans] were trespassing and intruders," he said.

WolfWatcher.org is urging animal activists out there to hand out flier about the nature of wolves at local movie theaters that screen "The Grey". The organization said on its site, "This film comes out at the worst of times, when wolves are literally fighting for their lives."

The movie opened Friday, January 27 and is expected to hit number one in the Box Office this weekend with $12 million in prediction.

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posted by Evy on Sep 17, 2012
Dang, I want a recall on Jaws... thats just not the right image for them poor ol Great Whites... I demand everyone quit watching reruns of that movie... Go buy a fur coat losers.
posted by Gail on Jan 30, 2012
I do enjoy his acting but is Hollywood this hard up for this type of screen play..Havent animals suffered enough.A wolf is not much different than a dog
posted by NativeRadio on Jan 29, 2012
Big bad action hero Lame Neeson has to eat two dead wolfs to "get in the mood.". I also heard a third wolf was killed so they could use a real wolf head during filming. Charges should be brought against the director and cast that participated in this, including Neeson, and for subsequent damage to wolf populations around the world as a result of this movie.
posted by helga guillen on Jan 29, 2012
Pull the movie from movies theaters, wolves are magnificent animals,they avoid humans,wolves fear humans, please stop the portray of wolves as a bloodthirsty animals is cruel and horrible.
posted by ThisIsAHugeProblem on Jan 28, 2012
It's not just this movie that is unfairly portraying an animal. I watched Underworld and was appalled at how the directors made werewolves seem like bloodthirsty monsters when in reality they're gentle creatures. This demands the immediate attention of everyone. Stop doing stupid stuff like trying to fix the economy or end war and focus on the real problem; a FICTIONAL story about wolves. Idiots

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