Ruh roh. Looks like Human Centipede 3 has run into some problems. A few weeks ago, the news was that production was officially underway with director Tom Six working with returning cast members Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey. Well, all is not well it seems with Laser pulling out and Six suing him for breach of contract.
Is this a publicity stunt? Could be… Either way, here are the details of the spat.
Firstly Tom Six spouted through Twitter “”BREAKING NEWS: MY COMPANY WILL SUE ACTOR DIETER LASER!!! WORLDWIDE PRESS RELEASE WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY”.
That was a followed by a statement by producer Ilona Six to Fangoria,
“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 Human Centipede 3 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.”
Laser replied sending a statement to Germany-based Screen Read
“It’s very simple: I loved the story when I was told it, got the contract and the promise to have the script in four to six 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. This is the same procedure as with [the first film’s] 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.”
Could this be an elaborate bluff on their part? Was this manufactured for publicity? Only time will tell really but for now it looks like the production’s on hold…