Game of Thrones apologises for George W Bush's head on a spike
The makers of Game of Thrones have apologised for putting a model of George W Bush's head on a spike in one of its episodes.
The head, which looks very similar to the 43rd President of the United States, was used in an episode which was first shown last year.
On the DVD commentary the show's creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss acknowledged the likeness and said. "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."
After the likeness was pointed out online, Benioff and Weiss released a statement apologising for any offence caused.
"We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush.
"In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologise if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."
A spokesman for HBO, the network which screens the show said that the scene would be deleted from future DVD releases.
The spokesman added: "We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologised immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."