In news which had the potential to be a heartwarming story of cultures coming together through the power of cinema, but turned into an entertaining anecdote to tell at get-togethers for years to come, Eli Roth showed 200 Amazonian natives their first movie, with hilarious (literally) results.
According to Movieline, Roth, best know as a horror director and the “Bear Jew” in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, is planning a cannibal-themed movie called The Green Inferno, which he will film in a village along the Amazon. He discovered that the 200 natives he hired as extras had never actually seen a movie, so he set out to demonstrate what the world of cinema has to offer — by showing them a gruesome horror movie.
Roth said, “I thought they were going to show them E.T. or The Wizard of Oz, but they showed them Cannibal Holocaust to see how much they could handle.”
The film caused controversy in the ’80s for depicting actual animal deaths.
Apparently the natives could handle a lot worse, because their reaction was priceless: “The villagers thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen.” Roth added, “They thought it was a comedy.”
In exchange for their appearance, Roth is giving the village a motorboat, as well as medical supplies and school supplies. So maybe the story is a little heartwarming after all. [Vulture]