When director Darren Aronofsky first revealed his plans not to use real animals in his very animal-heavy reimagining of the biblical epic "Noah," I had a feeling PETA would be very happy.
The animal rights organization has been at the forefront of a campaign to convince Hollywood to drop live animal actors from productions; most notably winning an award last year for a dramatic PSA featuring the voice of Adrian Brody. Back in October, Aronofsky told the Directors Guild of America that his decision was based on a number of complications.
“I think we’ve learned from people who have done it before that that’s a really bad move,” he said. “Politically it’s not a great thing to work with live animals and that’s becoming more apparent to people as time goes by, but also, technically, it would have been extremely difficult. And we’ve learned from lots of other films how hard it is to bring different kinds of animals together.”
In his interview with PETA, Aronofsky reveals that his first exposure to the downside of using animals on set began with his 2006 film "The Fountain."
"When I did 'The Fountain,' we had live primates on set," he says. "I had never worked with animals before and this was before digital animals were really happening. I was pretty alarmed with the condition that they were being kept in.
“There’s really no reason to do it anymore because the technology has arrived," he added. "You can pretty much bring anything to life.”
Check out the interview below.