HBO apologises for Game Of Thrones George Bush blunder
HBO has apologised for a scene which shows former president George Bush's head on a spike.
I like to think as myself as being pretty eagle-eyed when it comes to spotting things in television shows, but even I was surprised to learn that former president George Bush made a rather gruesome cameo in the first serious of Game Of Thrones. Well a prosthetic model of his head did anyway.
In the DVD commentary of the first series, showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss revealed that they used a prosthetic model of George Bush’s head in some of the beheading scenes on the show – one of which showed the former president’s head stuck on the end of a spike (series 1, episode 10).
Don’t worry if you didn’t spot the George Bush though – he was disguised wearing a long, brown wig!
David Benioff and DB Weiss revealed in the DVD commentary: "It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."
They have since had to apologise for using a model of George Bush’s head in the HBO show and justified their actions by saying: “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."
They added: "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 apologise if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."
HBO added: "We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologised immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."
Of course, now people are going to be searching for any other prosthetic celebrity cameos on the show (I know I will be).
Who knows, maybe they’ll be a prosthetic model of Tony Blair’s arm lying around in one of the scenes or a plastic foot of Gordon Brown perhaps?! Our eyes will be peeled.
What's so important about that? If one watches Futurama one see the heads of many Presidents and other well know figures and President Nixon is almost a regular.
Are you kidding me!?? GOT was vying for the number one spot of my favorite shows - it just sky rocketed to the very top - to stay there until I find an apocryphal video in which [the scene in question] has been removed! Don't apologize! Do you really think the corporatocracy of HBO would do anything to offend its revenue base??? Be honest, none of us have forgotten the world Bush has handed us, for which we will continue to pay the price for generations. I think the only things I find offensive here, are, the apology and HBO's (predictable, albeit spineless) behaviour.
Shouldn't it be "series"????
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