Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss got in trouble on Wednesday when fans brought attention to the use of a prosthetic George W. Bush head in a scene with the severed prop stuck on a pike.
Benioff and Weiss point it out on the DVD commentary (season one was made available for purchase on March 6) for an episode, saying:
“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 heads we had lying around.”
HBO and the creators issued statements to apologize with the two creators continuing to explain that it was not an intentional blow against Bush as a president and that they didn’t even know it was being utilized.
“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 apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
“We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.”
Aha, collectible one-of-akind Game Of Thrones DVD sets. Hold on to ’em.