‘Realistic’ Scene for Dramas Cause the Death of Innocent Horse!
While we would love to see a great ‘Realistic’ movie to makes us feel as if we were back in time and living in that movie we’re watching, many of times it cost a lot, not just money, but even life.
Most of us knew that many dangerous scene are usually taken care by a professionals or stuntman in exchange of the actor and actress, but what about the animal?
If a stuntman with all their expertise and safety measure, still got a wound from a dangerous act, then how about using an innocent animal in order to get a dangerous ‘Realistic’ scene of a movie?
This time, the ‘Realistic’ scene has cost the life of an innocent horse.
The scene that takes the life of that innocent horse was the scene in episode 7 of ‘The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won’, where the main character Lee Seong-gye falls while riding a horse.
In order to make a realistic scene for this scene, a horse was pulled by force to the ground using a rope tied around its legs. This caused the horse to be lifted at 90 degrees and fell directly with it’s head and face to the ground.
You can see from the video and pictures that all the crew directly run to check and help the actor, yet nobody really check out on the horse condition, no one really care of it’s well being.
Afterwards, viewers start raising the issues and urge the production team to release an official statement about the horse’s current state and filming scenes.
In January 19th, The Korean Animal Welfare Association claimed in a statement that “The King of Tears, Lee Bang-won” had abused horses during filming and officially requested KBS to confirm the horse’s survival and safety as well as make sure they having a proper safety standard for animals used for filming.
The King Of Tears, Lee Bang Won
“The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won” is a historical korean dramas focuses on the life of Lee Bang Won, before become a king known as King Taejong. This dramas tells a story of how he helped his father overthrow the Goryeo Dynasty and establish the Joseon Dynasty.
On January 20, KBS issued the following statement:
Regarding the accident that occurred during filming for ‘The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won,’ we take grave responsibility and apologize.
The accident occurred during the November 2 filming of Lee Seong Gye’s fall from his horse that aired in episode 7.
It is very difficult to film a fall from a horse. The horse’s safety is fundamental, and we also have to consider the safety of the actor on the horse and the safety of the crew members filming the scene. Because of this, the production staff spent several days preparing for the scene in order to prevent any accidents from potentially occurring.
Despite this preparation, during the actual filming, an accident occurred in which the actor was thrown hard from the horse and the horse’s upper body struck the ground with great force. After the accident, the horse got up under its own power, and we checked to see that it had no external injuries before returning it. However, as viewers recently began to express concern for the horse’s current condition, we checked the horse’s condition again, and we regret to say that the horse died about a week after the filming occurred.
We cannot help but take serious responsibility for this unfortunate incident hat has occurred. We apologize to the viewers for not preventing this accident and causing such an unfortunate event.
Through this accident, KBS recognizes that there is a problem with the way that scenes of falling from a horse are filmed. In order to prevent such an incident from occurring again, we will find another way to film and portray these scenes. We will also cooperate with the advice of experts on how filming of various kinds can be safely conducted with animals on set.
We sincerely apologize once again to the viewers and those who love animals.