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Speed Racer: Shaft is Cast, Possible Chimp Abuse


Can you dig it?
Richard Roundtree, better known as the original Shaft, has been cast in Speed Racer, joining the likes of Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Emile Hersch, Matthew Fox and Christina Ricci. Recently seen playing Simone's father in NBC's "Heroes," Roundtree has otherwise spent his time lately in TV movies and miniseries. In Speed Racer, "Roundtree will play Ben Burns, a racer-turned-commentator who is an icon to the fans and a hero to Speed."

And then there's this...
PETA has said it most certainly cannot dig it when it comes to the chimpanzee being used for the Speed Racer movie. The chimp has reportedly been beaten on the set, and has also bitten one of the young actors. A testy correspondence between PETA officials and producer Joel Silver reveals that PETA has asked the filmmakers to use animatronics instead of live animals. Silver responded with assurances that the animal was being treated properly and they would continue to use live animals. PETA then pointed out that there is still no supervision of the animal during his off hours, when abuse is likely to occur, and thus calls Silver's assurances "meaningless."

Um, go Speed Racer, go?

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A_Kat A_Kat 9 years
WHAT?! NO WAY! Speed Racer?!
taigomi taigomi 9 years
I totally agree to PETA. How they can treat animal that way? It is sooo terrible. Basically, every animal is so smart. Also Chimp is one of the smartest animal. But they are smart for themselves, not for human being's entertainment.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
How did they manage to get a cast like that for SPEEDRACER?! OMG, I hate this cartoon, I can't even imagine a movie. I'd rather go watch Transformers, even after Buzz trashed it. Speedracer spanks the monkey! :rotfl:
wynnkey wynnkey 9 years
Wooh! I am so pumped for this film. :) Adore the cast to bits and pieces. I do. It made me happy. :)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
As a joke, I once subscribed my boyfriend to the PETA mailing list. It was fantastic: he got an instructional kit and booklet teaching him how to become a vegetarian. Unfortunately, he was also barraged (sp) with emails. I don't think he's ever forgiven me.
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
OMG it did it again! I'm done, I'm just not meant to comment on this topic!
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
Anyway, I was trying to say I <3 Emile Hirsch and he's the only reason I would ever see this movie... LOL
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
oh no it cut my comment off!
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
The only reason I will ever think about seeing this movie is because I <3 Emile Hirsch :)
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I won't comment on PETA, but I will say this movie sounds like a piece of doo-doo, even without knowing they may have spanked a monkey. Ugh.
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 9 years
peta are a-holes who try to force veganism on people.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Agreed Nyar. PETA is attacking on anything, anyone. I think people would listen to them more if they would be more subtle on their actions.
arienne arienne 9 years
Animal abuse is serious. I am hardly a PETA fanatic, but I am tired of movies and commercials mistreating wild animals. Domestic animals are much easier to take care of, so I'm fine with as many dogs, cats and horses they want to use. But leave the poor chips alone! Please! They are intelligent animals who should not be forced to entertain us. When I see all the work places like the ROAR foundation and the Performing Animals Welfare Society do to save performing animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, it absolutely breaks my heart. I will not be watching this movie.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
PETA f**ks me off. They are so confrontational and quite a few times i''m like get real do we live in the real world here???
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