Is “Roar” the most dangerous movie ever made? As Drafthouse Films states, “No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were.”
The 80’s film, which cost $17 million to make, only grossed $2 million at the box office. Over two decades later, the movie that starred Noel Marshall and his wife, at the time, Tippi Hedren, is getting a re-release. Also starring in the film was Hedren’s daughter, Melanie Griffith.
With 150 lions, tigers and other exotic animals on set, there were drastic injuries. Cinematographer Jan de Bont had his scalp lifted by a lion, which caused him to receive 220 stitches. Hedren had a fractured leg and Griffith was also attacked, receiving 50 stitches and facial reconstructive surgery.
Hedren and Griffith are not involved in promoting the film’s re-release. “Roar” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand platforms later this summer.
The movie follows wildlife preservationist Hank (Marshall), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (Hedren and Griffith) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.
Talk about “method” acting.
For more info about the film, visit: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/roar