So I learned something new today.
Turns out that prosthetic body parts are recycled—productions use the same ones over and over again because of cost. It makes sense, imagine how expensive it would be to make a fake head: eyeballs, teeth, nose…
But one such recycling is getting the producers of Game of Thrones in big trouble. Turns out they recycled one such prosthetic head to put on a stick: That of George W. Bush.
Why, you may ask, did the HBO production have a prosthetic head of our 43rd POTUS? That I do not know.
Regardless, they stuck some crazy-ass long hair on the guy, propped him on a stick and showed him to Sansa Stark. It’s supposed to be her father’s head.
All of this may have gone unnoticed but then David Benioff and D.B. Weiss happened to point it out in the commentary section of the Season One DVD.
EW.com elaborates on HBO’s reaction:
“It’s not a choice, not a political statement!” one of the writers say during the commentary. “We just had to use what heads we had around.”
Once news of the Bush head hit the internet, HBO released this statement: “We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.”
What do you think? Is it disrespectful to use a prosthetic G.W. Bush head on a stick for a tv show? Or is it all in good fun?
Any guesses as to why they had a fake Bush head in the first place?