New York, February 8, 2016: Few things excite moviegoers more than a new film written and directed by the Coen brothers, and the latest comedy from the award-winning duo is sure to excite the animal lover as well. The
The film, opened February 5, Hail, Caesar! pays homage to a bygone era in Hollywood and boasts a veritable galaxy of human stars…but animal stars including goats, horses, and one plucky little dog steal any scenes they are in throughout the film.
Based on the extraordinary treatment of the animal stars, American Humane Association has awarded its highest rating, “Monitored: Outstanding,” to Hail, Caesar!
Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Fargo“) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy fueled by a brilliant cast led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.
When the world’s biggest star vanishes and his captors demand an enormous ransom for his safe return, it will take the power ofHollywood’s biggest names to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Bringing the audience along for a comic whodunit that pulls back the curtain and showcases the unexpected humor and industry drama found behind the scenes, “Hail, Caesar!” marks the Coens at their most inventive.
The comedy is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen through their Mike Zoss Productions, alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan andEric Fellner (“The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables”), who have partnered with the brothers since their Academy Award-winning “Fargo.”
How Animal Actors Were Treated?
While the film celebrates Hollywood’s Golden Age, one element in Tinseltown that is thankfully much better in the modern era is the way animal actors are now treated. In the past, animals were viewed as mere props, and their safety was often an afterthought. To protect the four-legged stars of this film, just as it has millions more of our favorite animal stars since 1940, American Humane Association and its famed “No Animals Were Harmed” program were on the set of Hail, Caesar! overseeing the safety and humane treatment of the non-human actors.
Treating animals right on movie sets is essential believes American Humane Association which applauded the Coen brothers, their production team, the actors, the trainers, and Universal Pictures for working with the organization’s “No Animals Were Harmed” team and maintaining a safe and humane working environment for the animal stars in the film. The “No Animals Were Harmed” program oversees the protection of some 100,000 animal actors on 1,000 film and television productions each year and has kept millions of animals safe around the world for more than 75 years.