Sunday 24 September 2017

Robert Pattinson clarifies claims he was asked to perform sex act on dog on set of new film

Actor Robert Pattinson attends the
Actor Robert Pattinson attends the "Good Time" photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Jacob Stolworthy

Robert Pattinson has been forced to clarify his comments that he was asked to perform a sex act on a dog on the set of his new film Good Time.

The Twilight actor sparked concern after regaling a tale to US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel in which he claimed one-half of the film's directing duo urged him to pleasure a dog “for real” to which he refused (something he has been praised by animal rights organisation PETA for).

In a statement to E! News, the British actor says the story was intended as a joke.

“The story I told on Jimmy Kimmel last night seems to have spiralled out of control. What didn't come across is that this was supposed to be a joke. No one at all expected or assumed that anything like that would happen on the Good Time set.”

He added, “We are all huge animal lovers and would obviously never do anything to harm an animal.

“Everyone involved in Good Time are amazing professionals and have come together to make a movie that I'm extremely proud of. I feel embarrassed that in the moment, I was trying to make Jimmy laugh, only to create confusion and a false impression.”

Following his words, which also mentioned the dog trainer approved of the act, animal rights organisation PETA announced it was to launch an investigation to verify the legality of the situation.

Heist thriller Good Time stars Pattinson as a character who has an affinity to dogs, believing he was one in a previous life.

He told Kimmel: “He thinks he has control over animals and stuff. There’s this one scene we shot where basically a drug dealer bursts into the room and I was sleeping with the dog and basically giving the dog a hand job.”

He suggested the set's dog trainer said he could perform the act for real if he wanted to, saying he should “...massage the inside of the thighs.”

Pattinson refused instead opting to use a fake dog penis for the scene that was eventually left on the cutting room floor.

Following its premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Good Time - directed by Ben and Joseph Safdie - received a six-minute standing ovation with Pattinson's performance particularly heralded as a high point.

The film is released in the US on 11 August while a UK release date is yet to be announced.

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