Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Clooney corpse report denied
Clooney, Wahlberg and Ice Cube at the LA premiere of Three Kings
Reports that a real corpse was used during the filming of George Clooney's latest movie, Three Kings, have been strenuously denied.
On Monday, Newsweek magazine ran an interview with the movie's director, David O Russell, in which he stated that a corpse had been used.
The scene in question shows in graphic detail how a bullet penetrates a body.
"No cadaver was used," says Warner Bros spokesman Mark Reyna.
He told the New York Daily News: "A prosthetic was used with special effects for the bullet. No corpse was used."
And Russell now admits: "I was fooling around when I said it. I was fooling around in the sense like, 'How do you think I did it?'
"The intention (of the shot) was to make it look like a bullet going through a corpse. It would be unethical to use a corpse like that. To achieve the effect, we had to build a prosthesis."
The Gulf War era film, which also stars Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, is about four soldiers who set off at the end of the Gulf War to find a cache of gold Iraq looted from Kuwait.
Three Kings opens in the US on 1 October.
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