MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say!
Last week, Hissy Fit Jones told you about the American Humane Society’s failure to protect animals. This week I want to talk to you about a movie the AHA has given the rating of Outstanding. The movie? Inside Llewyn Davis. The actor that steals the show is a cat. Actually, it’s 3 cats used interchangeably.You can read the AHA commentary about the movie here.
Lead Actor Oscar Isaac’s character carries around the cat in the film. On a recent episode of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Isaac talks about what it’s like to film with a cat.
Issac said that you can’t train a cat, so they had several different cats to film doing different aspects of the film. He said that one cat was tied to the actor with a wire so it wouldn’t run off during a particular scene. The cat scratched the actor’s face and neck, then got away anyway. But don’t take my word for it, listen to the actor talking about the experience. Yeah, I’m sure there was no problem with THAT, right AHA?
Filmmaker Joel Coen was quoted in The Seattle Times Entertainment Blog as saying, “You always blithely write [stuff] in and then find out that it’s a pain in the ass to do it. In Inside Llewyn Davis, we very blithely wrote that there was a cat in all of these different scenes. And then we got on the set and had to do it, and you know, cats are a pain in the ass. They’re just an unvarnished pain in the ass, that’s all there is. There’s nothing fun about it.” Don’t ya just love his attitude about the cats? *rolls eyes*
And Justin Timberlake make a smart remark about the “outlandish requests” made by the cat’s trainer, including the request for a specific type of cat food.
And this is supposed to be positive publicity for the movie! I mean, would YOU, dear readers, want YOUR cat working with people who said things like this about you and your cat?
So what do I think? I think it’s yet another example of humans exploiting animals for personal gain. I am outraged that AHA thinks that a film that included such actions as tying a cat to a human with a wire warrants an outstanding rating.
So to you, Justin, of COURSE they will ask for a specific type of food, unless you want the cats to barf all over everybody! Cats don’t do well with changes in their diet.
And Joel, of COURSE cats are a pain in the ass! But you made a movie using a cat, so the least you could have done was educate yourself about cats, and said something nice about them, instead of bitching about how difficult they are to work with. It’s not like the cat MADE you make the movie or will earn anywhere near as much as you will.
As for you, Isaac, after listening to your interview, I’m inclined to believe you’re a lot more like your character than you might want to admit.
To you humans reading this, I’m sure you’re all, “but it’s a movie with a cat!” *rolls eyes* I guess there will be no stopping you from seeing this movie. But I hope you are mindful of the stress put upon those cats to make this movie, and that it, in turn, makes it a miserable experience for you.