Earlier this week, disturbing footage of a German Shepherd being physically forced into water to film a scene for upcoming movie ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ leaked online, and as you might expect it caused a bit of an uproar.
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Well here’s the good news – thanks to sites like Sick Chirpse sharing the footage, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment cancelled the movie’s premiere, which was supposed to take place in LA on the weekend.
Universal and Amblin issued this statement:
Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket. Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between humans and animals.
Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review. While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking.
This film was doomed the moment that footage leaked onto the internet, so I guess it makes sense to cancel the premiere. Anyone who would actually pay money to watch this film after seeing that video needs a good slap across the face. If that video doesn’t piss you off, then there’s something seriously wrong with you.
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