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HBO regrets using George W. Bush's severed head on 'Game of Thrones'

Posted by Glenn Yoder  June 14, 2012 01:14 PM

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After word got out that HBO's "Game of Thrones" put a prosthetic head of former President George W. Bush on a stake, the network and the show's producers are apologizing for the error.

An internet firestorm was sparked when "Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss mentioned the decapitated head during season 1 DVD commentary, saying, "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around."

The duo issued a statement in response to the criticism today, clarifying what they meant by "whatever heads we had lying around."

What happened was this: 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.

HBO also expressed regret in a statement of its own.

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.

See the scene in question below. Bush's head, wearing a wig, appears at the 1:09 mark on the left side of the screen. For the DVD commentary, click here.

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