Friday, March 13, 2015

Pig Joke, Part Two

Mel Gibson buys the pig joke story.  Finds this great writer to create a screenplay.  Decides to make it on the cheap so instead of animation uses three identical live hogs.  For the peg leg scenes, they actually amputate one of the hogs.  ASPCA goes nuts, but it just make more press for the movie.  The hog was trained before the surgery to answer the door and get a treat.  The peg leg is really annoying, but the hog wants the treat.  It films beautifully.  After the movie is made, they euthanize the hog.  The hog gets written up; his work is compared to Ronald Reagan in Kings Row.  Mel Gibson says:

-If I knew he’d get an award, I would have kept him.

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