'Hangover II' monkey never lit up, says Todd Phillips

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Though I hate to admit it, there’s something funny about a monkey who smokes. (Don’t blame me! Blame The Simpsons!) So I don’t fault director Todd Phillips for telling journalists that the monkey in The Hangover Part II, who’s shown smoking smoking cigarettes and snorting cocaine, had become hooked on the cigarettes. After reading some bizarre headlines, however, Phillips felt obliged to clear the air, telling Movieline:

“This was a joke. I make comedies. If you read the story, it doesn’t even make sense. “On the set of her new film, she won’t stop smoking cigarettes.” Umm. Really? Maybe just take them away from her. Or at least take her money away so she can’t buy them any longer.
When you are doing press for a film, it tends to get repetitive, lots of the same questions over and over. Sometimes I like to mix it up with the journalists. Obviously, the monkey in the film NEVER smoked a single cigarette. There are people on set whose sole job is to protect that monkey. Even if I wanted her to smoke it wouldn’t be allowed. By the way, she also appears to do cocaine in the movie, but I guarantee you that she didn’t do that either (I can’t, however, comment on Ken Jeong’s cocaine use in the film).
Sorry for the confusion, but it definitely is a funny headline “PETA pissed after Todd Phillips gets Hangover 2 monkey addicted to cigarettes.” Definitely one for the office wall.”

PETA never actually did get involved with this most recent controversy, thought PETA’s primatologist Julia Gallucci says that they wrote Phillips a letter in November asking him to use CG animals instead of real wild animals for his Hangover sequel.

But clearly, the next story’s headline is: “KEN JEONG’S COCAINE HABIT NEARLY DERAILS HANGOVER 2.” Will Phillips need to clarify his first clarifying email?

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  • therealeverton

    Ah jokes, I remember those. Weren’t they banned in 2003?

  • Root

    Is there a “People for the Ethical Treatment of Ken Jeong?”

    • Stacie

      I would totally join that.

  • Krystal

    Peta is a little out of control sometimes

    • K

      LOL “sometimes”?

  • BOSS

    i hope this is going to be a good movie like the last one(:

  • ross

    ahahaha asian guys jumps out and beats him on the head

    • memi

      It’s funny because he’s fat…

  • Lyn

    I can’t believe people took that story seriously. Of course PETA would.

    • Levelheaded

      PETA didn’t… They asked him to not use live animals at all, they never responded to the smoking cigarettes part.

    • Ian

      PETA was never involved, as they didn’t take it seriously. Perhaps if you took your reading lessons seriously….

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