'A Dog's Purpose' Premiere Canceled After Disturbing Video Surfaces
The premiere and press junket of the upcoming movie A Dog’s Purpose have been canceled after a disturbing video from set surfaced.
The video showed a German Shepherd seemingly being forced into a pool to perform a stunt, seemingly against his will. Another clip from set showed the dog submerged in water and someone on set yelling cut while people rushed to bring the dog above water.
“Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket. Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between animals and humans,” the studio said in a statement.
“Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review. While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking,” the statement continued. “We continue to support this film, are incredibly proud of it and will release it for audiences nationwide next Friday.”
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