The Hangover Part 2 director, Todd Phillips, was facing a lot of heat this past week after telling Total Film Magazine: “I wanted the monkey to smoke so we had to train her to do so. Now I have PETA after me because I got the monkey addicted to cigarettes.”
Also, earlier this month the Motion Picture Association of America complained about a sequence in the movie in which the monkey simulates oral sex with Zach Galifianakis, which forced Warner Bros. to pull the trailer from theaters.
Read the full explanation from Phillips after the jump.
This was a joke. I make comedies.
If you read the story, it doesn’t make sense. ‘On the set of her new film, she won’t stop smoking cigarettes.’ Um. Really? Maybe just take them away from her. Or at least take her money away so she can’t buy them any longer.
When you are doing press for a film, it tends to get repetitive, lots of the same questions over and over. Sometimes I like to mix it up with the journalists. Obviously, the monkey in the film NEVER smoked a single cigarette. There are people on the set whose sole job is to protect that monkey. Even if I wanted her to smoke it wouldn’t be allowed. By the way, she also appears to do cocaine in the movie, but I can guarantee you that she didn’t do that either (I can’t, however, comment on Ken Jeong‘s cocaine use in the film).
Sorry for the confusion, but it definitely is a funny headline ‘PETA pissed after Todd Phillips get Hangover 2 monkey addicted to cigarettes.’ Definitely one for the office wall.”
The film comes out in theaters on May 26, will you be seeing it?