‘House Jam’ sequel lower Pepe Le Pew; $100,000 supplied for footage

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Pepe Le Pew has been lower from the upcoming sequel “House Jam: A New Legacy” — however might accomplished footage of his scene with actress Greice Santo exist?

A consultant for Santo believes it does and is providing a $100,000 reward to anybody that gives the footage of their hybrid animated/live-action change.

The scene in query includes the problematic animated skunk approaching the live-action character portrayed by Santo in a bar. She pushes Pepe away when he begins kissing her arm earlier than she pours her drink on him. She ultimately backhands the persistent skunk, which sends his barstool spinning earlier than it’s stopped by the movie’s star, LeBron James.

Santo, who posted a playful Instagram shot of herself on set, advised The Occasions that she was disillusioned to be taught that the scene had been lower from the movie. She mentioned its message was significant to her as somebody who has spoken out in opposition to sexual harassment.

“For me, it was so necessary to have this scene in a film to encourage the youthful generations, and in addition the older generations, so we will right that conduct,” mentioned Santo, who’s finest recognized for portraying the telenovela character Blanca in “Jane the Virgin.” “I felt that this scene was a approach to present youngsters that this sort of conduct is mistaken.”

Though Santo says she understands that issues like this occur over the course of a manufacturing, she hopes the footage may be launched in a method or one other. And if it may well’t, she says she won’t be deterred from persevering with her work for the trigger. She has beforehand recorded a single about standing as much as sexual harassment and her charity, Glam with Greice, works to uplift ladies who’ve been victims of abuse or bullying by Hollywood makeovers.

Based on Deadline, which first reported on the deleted scene, the sequence was lower earlier than Pepe Le Pew got here underneath renewed scrutiny, together with a New York Occasions column that mentioned the character “normalized rape tradition.”

The skunk was reportedly faraway from the “House Jam” sequel by director Malcom D. Lee, who took over after the movie’s first director, Terence Nance, left the manufacturing. The report additionally says that Pepe was by no means animated for the live-action footage that had been shot.

Santo mentioned she realized that the scene was faraway from a supply near the manufacturing however was unsure who made the choice.

Warner Bros. declined to remark.

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