Appearing with Matt Lauer to promote the film based on the bestselling novel, Quaid addressed the controversy surrounding abuse allegations after video surfaced showing animal cruelty on set.
“Absolutely no dogs were harmed in this,” Quaid said. “This was a piece of video that was shot during the making of this by some unknown person at the time.”
Quaid went on to share that the video did not portray the situation accurately as it was altered to appear more dramatic.
“He also spliced, edited and manipulated that [footage] to make it look as if a dog was being abused,” he said. “The dog had been in that water happily and afterwards, too, and the dog was fine.”
Lauer asked Quaid if he believed there might have been mistakes on set that Quaid was unaware of, but the 62-year-old actor disagreed and said filming went along smoothly.
“What is not shown are divers underneath the water for the dog,” he said. “Every precaution was taken — platforms underneath the water that the dog was standing on, not dangling in the water.”
While the footage shows the dog in question looking scared as a trainer forces him in the rushing water, Quaid says it was quite the opposite and adds the dog was “great” and “wanted to do it again.”
“The dog is actually straining in the leash to get in the water because he loves it so much and to get his toy,” Quaid shared before slamming the unnamed person who shot the footage and shared it with tabloid-zine, TMZ.
“This person held onto this piece of video,” Quaid said. “If he’s such a dog lover concerned about animal rights he held onto it for 15 months until he could get his best price from TMZ.”
While the premiere and press junket were canceled following the controversy, the film is still slated for a release this Friday.
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