Liam Neeson’s ‘Wolf Stew’ Claim Leads to PETA Boycott of “The Grey”
Liam Neeson claims to have eaten wolf stew to prepare for his role in the newly-released action-thriller The Grey. That claim has led to a boycott of the film by the animal rights group PETA.
According to The Guardian, the Irish-born Neeson told reporters that director Joe Carnahan ordered wolf carcasses killed by trappers to be used during the filming of the movie. He also claims to have eaten wolf stew on set to “help him get into character.”
The Grey is about a group of Alaska oil workers who survive a plane crash only to be hunted by a pack of wolves.
“It was very gamey,” Neeson said of the unusual meal. “But I’m Irish, so I’m used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I’ll call it dinner.”
Apparently some of the other actors and crew couldn’t take it and got sick.
Neeson says he returned for a second helping of the stew.
The animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for a boycott of The Grey following the Oscar-nominated actor’s confession.
“Neeson’s stance on kindness to animals is sorely out of step with the rest of the world,” a statement from the group said. “Don’t just shy away. Run away from The Grey.”
“Many animals caught in traps chew off their own limbs in order to escape,” PETA spokeswoman Jane Dollinger told The Guardian. “These animals go on to die of gangrene or other secondary infections, sometimes leaving nursing puppies abandoned to fend for themselves.”
The Guardian says it is not sure whether or not Neeson’s claims regarding the killing and eating of wolves are true. Neither he nor director Carnahan have yet to comment publicly on the controversy.
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