According to celebrity website Contactmusic, director Joe Carnahan says that he staged a communal meal of wolf meat for the cast of his new movie, "The Grey," a new thriller depicting a wilderness plane crash and survival ordeal set in wintry, remote Alaska but filmed in British Columbia.
Carnahan's intention with the wolf banquet, he says, was to help his actors better understand the plight of their stranded characters. The men must battle a hungry wolf pack, apparently using anything they can tape to their fists.
"I knew how bad it was gonna be and I knew what we were facing so we just all went through it together on the day. We all communally ate wolf and it wasn't appetising!," said Carnahan. "It was one of those necessary things because I wanted (the actors) to have a sense of the movie we were making. We're gonna eat wolf and we're gonna go out in the tundra."
Carnahan was vague when asked where he obtained the freezer-burned wolf meat: "Some guy had him in his basement. I don't know if it was a trap line wolf but it was a wolf that had been up to a misdeed of some sort. They were preying on cattle. We had asked if there was one we could eat and sure enough this guy had one in his freezer for six months which probably didn't help the taste!"
"The Grey" opens Jan. 18 in select cities, and Jan 27 nationwide.