What’s Missing From the Credits of ‘The Hangover Part II’?
Bradley Cooper & Crystal Warner Bros. Pictures
It's the certification from the American Humane Association that states "No animals were harmed in the making of this film." In order to receive it, a movie production must have a Certified Animal Safety Representative from the AHA's Film and Television Unit on set to monitor all animal work during production and screen the final product. It's only then that a film receives the trademarked "No Animals Were Harmed" disclaimer.
Surprisingly, you won't find the designation at the end of this weekend's new release "The Hangover Part II." It's notable because a monkey plays a significant role in the R-rated comedy's rowdy hijinks. Coupled with the director's joking remarks about what the monkey was doing on the set, it has made some people wonder if the animal was mistreated. But the filmmakers -- and the monkey's trainer -- are adamant that she was entirely safe and cared for the entire time.
In the movie, the three main characters -- Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) -- wake up in a dingy Bangkok hotel room with no memory of how they got there or where they picked up a monkey in a denim vest. The monkey plays an important role in the trio discovering what happened to them and where they can find Stu's future brother-in-law.
Crystal in 'The Hangover Part II' Warner Bros. Pictures
Gunderson is clear that Crystal was entirely safe throughout filming, even when it doesn't look that way on film. What has drawn the most criticism for the film is the scene where it appears that the monkey is smoking a cigarette. Director Todd Phillips didn't help matters when he suggested that the monkey had become addicted to nicotine during the shoot, but he later made it clear he was only joking. Gunderson reiterated to USA Today that Crystal only handled a fake ceramic cigarette, and the smoke emanating from it was only a digital effect.