Hopefully this goes all the way to the Supreme Court, if only so I can hear Justice Anthony Kennedy ask tough questions about people sewn face to ass. Being an originalist, Justice Antonin Scalia will likely rule in Tom Six's favor. The individual opinions will be quite entertaining to read.
This all seems like manufactured drama to gin up some publicity for the film. (As if a movie about 500+ people linked by mouth and butthole needed any additional publicity.) Maybe filth makes April 1st come early. Or perhaps the third Human Centipede has broken the fourth wall before the cameras have even rolled.
After the cut, we have the official press release from Tom Six/Six Entertainment as well as an official statement from Dieter Laser obtained by Screen/Read.
Statement from Tom Six/Six Entertainment
Tom Six's company will sue Dieter Laser
Because of the success of The Human Centipede, it seems that Mr. Dieter Laser's ego has grown to laughably big proportions. First signing the contract and rating the THC3 script as fantastic, and then demanding his own unacceptable script changes, and now refusing to play the part only seven weeks prior to shooting. Six Entertainment Company will start legal action against Dieter Laser. Tom Six says not to worry -- principal photography will be postponed and will take place later this year.
Statement from Dieter Laser
It's very simple: I loved the story when it was told, got the contract and the promise to have the script in 4 to 6 weeks. When it arrived -- half a year later and only after the official announcement -- I didn't like the realization at all, couldn't identify with the character the way it was written and developed immediately and enthusiastically in a day and night marathon a version full of concrete and practical suggestions which would enable me to play the lead full throttle -- same procedure as with Dr. Heiter -- but this time it also would have had some unavoidable effects to the dramatic structure. That was too much for Tom and since he couldn't live with my suggestions and I as a method actor couldn't identify with his version, I told him that I couldn't see any other way than that he would have to "change horses." That's it.
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