What a bizarre story this will end up being- I hope it’s not a publicity stunt.
So here we go: Apparently, according to some tweets and a press release, original Human Centipede star Dieter Laser has parted ways with Tom Six’s production of The Human Centipede 3: Full Sequence. The actor played Dr. Heiter, the man responsible for the first human centipede experiment, and the meta-inspiration for the villain in the second film. The third film promised to somehow bring both bad guys back for the final film, but after signing off on the project, Laser has apparently had a change of heart and started looking for script changes.
This leads us to today, when Tom Six himself began tweeting about the situation:
An actor who demands his own script changes which I as the THC creator didnt like. It was his way or the highway after he signed a contract! [sic]
He then shortly followed up with a press release from his sister/producer.
Six Entertainment Company Statement
Tom Six’s company will sue Dieter Laser.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 THC3 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.
But that’s not all! Laser himself followed up with his own very measured and sensible statement soon after, clarifying his perspective on the situation.
Dieter Laser Statement
It’s very simple: I loved the story when it was told, got the contract and the promise to have the script in 4 to 6 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 – same procedure as with 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.
It’s sad for any creative endeavor to go through this kind of trouble, but honestly I don’t know that too many people are going to cry themselves to sleep tonight over this one. This certainly doesn’t do anything to help the image Six has developed of a horror auteur with his head stuffed up his own ass in a way more grotesque even than what he put on the screen in his films. Bizarre a man as he may appear on screen, Laser seems to conduct himself as a real professional, so I’m not sure Six is going to get very far unless that contract was ironclad and sneaky about script delivery and approval.
I guess we’ll see if Six can keep his promise of a 2012 shoot and if he’ll be more interested in forcing Laser into the film, or if he’ll rewrite and turn the film into his own personal revenge flick…