The news that two horses had to be put down during the filming of HBO‘s Luck is really unfortunate. However, that is the hazard with a series like this, and everyone knew that going in. And it’s not like the animals were intentionally abused. The network was working within guidelines set forth by the American Humane Association at the time incident, and from all appearances, it was just a horrible accident.
In the spectrum of animal cruelty in film production, Luck doesn’t even come close. HERE are the worst offenders. Not cool, Hollywood.
It’s fair to say that director Michael Cimino isn’t an animal lover. While filming his bleak anti-western, he allegedly killed chickens and bled horses in order to collect their blood and smear it all over his actors. In addition, he also allegedly BLEW. UP. A. HORSE. with dynamite during a battle sequence. And the scene made it into the final cut of the movie! That’s insane. To think what animal actors had to go through before Steve Jobs invented computers.
Reds director and leading man, Warren Beatty, apologized to the public when horses were harmed during the film’s production. While Beatty was away from set, the Spanish crew used tripwire to make horses fall during a battle sequence. In their defense, have you ever tried to get a horse really drunk?