Ridley Scott allegedly has his actors interacting with reside animals on the set of “Gladiator 2” — one thing PETA has change into conscious of, and which it is urging the manufacturing to halt.
The animal rights org fired off a handful of letters over the previous few days — all obtained by TMZ — they usually’re aimed on the director and his big-ticket forged … Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Paul Mescal and others.
Within the correspondence to Ridley, PETA says it is obtained whistleblower complaints alleging he is utilizing each horses and macaque monkeys on set whereas capturing in Malta … together with a declare at the very least one of many horses just lately collapsed. PETA is presuming the alleged collapse is because of excessive temperatures on the Mediterranean island.
It says, “Scorching summer season warmth and oppressive costumes are a harmful combine for horses, who’re naturally skittish animals, susceptible to flight and damage, and weak to the stresses of a movie set. The movie and TV industries have a previous riddled with on-set horse accidents and even deaths. We sincerely hope Gladiator 2 avoids including one other loss of life to that record.”
PETA additionally lists the risks of working with reside macaques, saying they’re unpredictable and may damage people. In addition they say these monkeys are sometimes ripped from their moms at a younger age for all these movie settings … calling their alleged use unethical.
Regardless of the SAG-AFTRA strike, PETA says it is heard rumors “Gladiator 2” is constant manufacturing this week, and asks Ridley to go away reside animals out of it utterly, suggesting he use CGI animals as a substitute.
We have reached out to Ridley, Paramount, and the manufacturing firm behind ‘G2’ … to date, no phrase again.
BTW, we’re instructed an identical letter was fired off to all of the actors hooked up to ‘Gladiator 2.’
Along with the lead stars … others like Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, Lior Raz, Joseph Quinn, Derek Jacobi, Matt Lucas, Peter Mensah, Mike Parish, and Chi Lewis-Parry had been implored by PETA to Ridley and relay the org’s issues. It is unclear if any of them obtained or learn the letter.