The Grey – Preview, News, Controversy
Living in tough conditions is already a pain but things get much worse when they have to survive with a pack of wolves preying on them
The Grey has Liam Neeson in the lead role as Ottway. The cast includes Frank Grillo who plays the role of ‘John Diaz’, Dallas Roberts, Dermont Mulroney, Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale and Nonso Anozie. 59 year old Liam, an Irish award winning actor, has an Oscar and a BAFTA nomination to his credit. He has also won three Golden Globe Awards.
The Grey is directed by Joe Carnahan who has directed movies like The A-team, Smoking Aces, Narc and Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane. He is also producing this film along with filmmakers Ridley Scott, Mickey Liddell and Jules Daly. Carhahan has co-written this movie with Ian Mackenzie Jeffers.
The filming of The Grey has been done quickly and on time, with the shooting commencing on January 2011 and wrapping up on March. The movie has its premise in Alaska; however it has been shot in the town of Smithers in Canada (British Columbia).
The Grey was embroiled in a controversy a few days ago, when environmentalists and animal activists held the filmmakers responsible for depicting wolves in a negative manner, in the wake of the report carried by The Province which wrote about a local trapper killing four of the wolves, two for props in the film and the other two as dinner for the cast. The animal activists are already aggravated with the Endangered Species Act which has recently taken off gray wolves from the ‘list of endangered species’. The WildEarth Guardians have asked people to boycott the film.
Carnahan on the other hand has replied that he himself has taken every precaution to see that the wolves were never shown in bad light, and termed these allegations as baseless. “I have not shown the wolves as the aggressor but as defenders. It is just that these people are in a territorially sensitive area.”
One of the key scenes in The Grey is the sequence in which one of the main characters and also the most despised one, Diaz mutilates a wolf and throws it in front of the pack and says, “You are not the animals. We are “. The director says that the movie is not meant to give any disrespect to or fear wolves, but to recognize them as a part of nature which is unforgiving and all pervading.
Grey premiered on January 11, 2012 at the Regal Cinemas Theater in Los Angeles and the response has been positive.