'Game Of Thrones' Sorry for Decapitating Bush
By RAPHAEL CHESTANG
June 14, 2012
Game of Thrones show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss want you to know that they're sorry if their decapitation of a prosthetic head made to look like former President George W. Bush seemed disrespectful.
The producing duo recently caused a bit of ruckus when they revealed in a DVD commentary that they used a mask made in George W.'s likeness to cover the façade of a disembodied head on a stick.
Representatives for HBO, who broadcasts the show, quickly tried to diffuse the situation by releasing the following statement to Entertainment Weekly: "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 apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."
Benioff and Weiss also released a statement, saying, "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, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, 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."