Game of Thrones Creators Apologize For Putting George W. Bush's Head On A Stake
Posted on Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:56 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - HBO and the creators of Game of Thrones have apologized after it was revealed that a decapitated head on a stake in the first season of the show was made from a mask of former president George W. Bush.
"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."
During the DVD commentary for the series, producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the head was used simply because of practicality. "It's not a choice," they said. "It's not a political statement. It's just ... we had to use what heads we had lying around."
"We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc.," Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. "We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."