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Third Human Centipede Tripped Up
Tom Six is suing Dieter Laser

30 March 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Fangoria & Screen Read (via STYD)

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Third Human Centipede Tripped Up

A few weeks ago we brought you the news that The Human Centipede: Final Sequence was underway, with Tom Six welcoming previous stars Dieter Laser and Laurence Harvey back to the fold. But it now seems that all is not going quite according to plan: Laser appears to have pulled out, and Six is preparing a lawsuit.

There's much speculation that this is all a publicity stunt designed to keep the threequel in the spotlight. Whether that's the case or not (and if it is, it's working, since, well, here we are), what's emerged so far is fightin' talk.

The first service predictably came from Six, in a tweet (in shouty capitals) that goes thusly: "BREAKING NEWS: MY COMPANY WILL SUE ACTOR DIETER LASER!!! WORLDWIDE PRESS RELEASE WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY".

Said announcement came from producer Ilona Six (Tom's sister), who told Fangoria: "Because of the success of The Human Centipede, it seems that Mr Dieter Laser’s ego has grown to laughably big proportions. First signing the contract and rating the Human Centipede 3 script as fantastic, and then demanding his own unacceptable script changes, and now refusing to play the part only seven weeks prior to shooting. Six Entertainment Company will start legal action against Dieter Laser. Tom Six says not to worry; principal photography will be postponed and will take place later this year."

Laser then volleyed with a statement to the German site Screen Read: "It’s very simple: I loved the story when I was told it, got the contract and the promise to have the script in four to six weeks. When it arrived – half a year later and only after the official announcement – I didn’t like the realization at all, couldn’t identify with the character the way it was written, and developed immediately and enthusiastically, in a day and night marathon, a version full of concrete and practical suggestions which would enable me to play the lead full throttle. This is the same procedure as with [the first film's] Dr Heiter, but this time it also would have had some unavoidable effects to the dramatic structure. That was too much for Tom and since he couldn’t live with my suggestions and I as a method actor couldn’t identify with his version, I told him that I couldn’t see any other way than that he would have to ‘change horses’. That’s it."

We've speculated previously that it's possible that Laser and Harvey would be playing "themselves" in the film (given that the second film involved a character that was obsessed with the first), so it sounds plausible that Six cooked up a "Dieter Laser" that the real Laser disapproved of. We're interested that Laser mentions playing the lead... 

Still, it's difficult to know what to believe, so looking for other clues is probably the road to madness. Human Centipede: Final Sequence, which Six promised us last year would make the infamous Full Sequence "look like a Disney movie", is clearly not underway just yet after all. We'll let you know how the saga develops.


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L: Spaldron L: waltham1979 How can anyone 'like' a film like this? uite easily in fact. ne find it ammusing or humerous find both films amusing and humorous, especially the sequel, its mental. d of the point I'm trying to make. You are missing my point...the only reason Uwe Boll films have a lower profile is that Empire don't give them the time of day;No its because Uwe Boll films are beyond dreadful, and as an Empire reader for nearly 10 years I can tell you that Empi More

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L: waltham1979 How can anyone 'like' a film like this? uite easily in fact. ne find it ammusing or humerous find both films amusing and humorous, especially the sequel, its mental. d of the point I'm trying to make. You are missing my point...the only reason Uwe Boll films have a lower profile is that Empire don't give them the time of day;No its because Uwe Boll films are beyond dreadful, and as an Empire reader for nearly 10 years I can tell you that Empire have given plenty More

Posted by Spaldron at 16:39 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

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More boundary pushing from Mr Six. Having seen the first movie out of curiosity, whilst it was crap, it was also tame in terms of what you see. Now I haven't seen the 2nd one yet, but I can imagine that what makes the film in bad taste is what is insinuated & not what you actually see? Based on my theory of Full Sequence, I can't see it being worse to watch than any other standard horror flicks? More

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L: horribleives L: waltham1979 L: horribleives L: waltham1979 L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are rep More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:53 on 02 April 2012 | Report This Post

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L: waltham1979 L: horribleives L: waltham1979 L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, More

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L: horribleives L: waltham1979 L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, it's because they're a m More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:29 on 01 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Third Human Centipede Tripped Up
To be fair it must be of paramount importance to get the subtle nuances of character, motivation, and the intricacies of dramatic structure absolutely right when making a film about sewing peoples arseholes to other peoples mouths in a big long chain then having them shit into each others mouths, I mean you wouldn't want that to end up looking silly and ridiculous would you. More

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L: horribleives L: waltham1979 L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, it's because they're a m More

Posted by Whistler at 20:22 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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L: waltham1979 L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, it's because they're a movie magazine and this is More

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L: Whistler L: Spaldron L: Whistler I've read about them and listened to what friends have said. It's rare that I simply won't watch a film based on what people have said, but these just sound horrible and as sickeningly violent as possible just for the sake of it. Am I right in thinking the second is about a guy who jacks off to the first movie with sandpaper around his dingdong? If that's the case, then I have every right not to watch it, and have every right to More

Posted by Spaldron at 17:50 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

For all you who wusses who r disgusted, The Daily Mail wants to hear from you.
Its great for a film to have nerve to push the boundaries of taste.For all you who wusses who r disgusted, The Daily Mail wants to hear from you. More

Posted by U Boll at 17:30 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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Well both Tom Six and Mr Laser seem to have different takes on the specific nature of the disagreement. If things happened as Mr Laser says, then I'd side with him. Same goes for Six and his story. With that said, while the first one was fairly effective, I had no interest in the sequel, and this second sequel doesn't sound any more promising. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:20 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Spaldron L: Whistler I've read about them and listened to what friends have said. It's rare that I simply won't watch a film based on what people have said, but these just sound horrible and as sickeningly violent as possible just for the sake of it. Am I right in thinking the second is about a guy who jacks off to the first movie with sandpaper around his dingdong? If that's the case, then I have every right not to watch it, and have every right to say it's sick and di More

Posted by Whistler at 16:50 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Whistler I've read about them and listened to what friends have said. It's rare that I simply won't watch a film based on what people have said, but these just sound horrible and as sickeningly violent as possible just for the sake of it. Am I right in thinking the second is about a guy who jacks off to the first movie with sandpaper around his dingdong? If that's the case, then I have every right not to watch it, and have every right to say it's sick and disgusting. I don't ju More

Posted by Spaldron at 16:31 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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RIGINAL: Whistler You have a point, and I do agree with you that this is an overly-long article for this film, but I think part of the reason they report it like this is because we all actually want to hear what he's saying. I will never watch any of the "THC" films (being a huge horror fan, that says a lot about them) but I'm always intrigued to read these articles just to see what Tom "Douchebag" Six is saying. It's usually something ridiculous, which gives me an excuse to rant te] More

Posted by Whistler at 13:47 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Whistler L: You have a point, and I do agree with you that this is an overly-long article for this film, but I think part of the reason they report it like this is because we all actually want to hear what he's saying. I will never watch any of the "THC" films (being a huge horror fan, that says a lot about them) but I'm always intrigued to read these articles just to see what Tom "Douchebag" Six is saying. It's usually something ridiculous, which gives me an excuse to rant ot More

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L: waltham1979 L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, it's because they're a movie magazine and this More

Posted by Whistler at 12:57 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Whistler "Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, it's because they're a movie magazine and this is a movie. know thi More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:40 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

"Not to worry, principle photography starts this year" - does he really think anyone is worrying that this inevitably disgusting, vile, cynical, stupidly violent mess of a movie won't be made? Does he really think anyone is waiting in anticipation for it? He's got severe delusions if he does. I just hate him, he shouldn't be allowed to make films. As for why Empire are reporting this story, well, it's because they're a movie magazine and this is a movie. More

Posted by Whistler at 11:28 on 30 March 2012 | Report This Post

Part of the Story
They all play version of themselves in a 'reality', found footage docudrama, including Tom Six, and this 'suing Dieter Laser' thing is one of the plot threads. This is meta-marketing. Clever. More

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full sequence got 3 stars from kim newman More

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Agreed
Each to their own, but I agree with the previous comments as to why this story was published about a (no doubt )1 Star movie ? More

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yeah empire, please only write about the avengers. More

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Empire; why do you insist on giving stuff like this the time of day? You don't give other straight to DVD films the time of day... More

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