On the DVD commentary for ‘Game of Thrones’, creators admit to using a likeness of George W. Bush for a decapitated head on a stick! Are you shocked?
Game of Thrones is a bloody, ruthless show, dispatching of characters left and right. But what on earth is former President George W. Bush’s head doing on a stick in one scene?
While recording the commentary for the DVD release of season one, the show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss admitted that the face appears in the scene where young Sansa is shown her father’s decapitated head on a stick, amongst a row of others.
“It’s not a choice, not a political statement!” one of the writers says during the commentary. “We just had to use what heads we had around.”
The creators released a statement once news of this broke, explaining further: “We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch…so we rent them in bulk. 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 apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
HBO also released an apologetic statement, saying that they found it to be in very poor taste and would have the likeness removed from any future DVD production.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are YOU shocked this happened?