Leo Effigy To Be Burned

Thai protesters plan to incinerate DiCaprio

by Willow Green |
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Activists protesting against tonight's Thai premiere of **The Beach**say they are planning to burn an effigy of Beach star Leo DiCaprio. The group of environmentalists, who claim that location filming on the island of Phi Phi destroyed its habitat, have resolved to make their statement outside a charity screening in Bangkok.

20th Century Fox, the studio behind the film, have been under attack ever since the crew began post-production in Thailand, mainly receiving complaints from protesters who allege that preparations for the film caused massive damage to Maya Bay on Phi Phi, which played the part of the movie's idyllic eponymous paradise. Sirinee Yommana of the Phuket Environmental Protection group told the BBC, "We are not trying to stop the public watching the movie, but we are asking them to wait and watch it on video." Fox representatives are also due back in court today to answer other charges from Phi Phi local traders and the government's forestry department, who claim that both environmental and social damage resulted from the presence of the film crew - allegations that the studio refute absolutely. The studio is being sued for 100m baht, or £1.6m.

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