FAST AND FURIOUS 4
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner
(Paul Walker) are reunited and forced to confront a drug kingpin who is flooding
the country with drugs and crime.
American Humane did not monitor the cockfighting scene because the
production did not establish a contract for our oversight of filming at a
foreign location. After screening the film, concerns for how the action was
accomplished led American Humane to rate this film Unacceptable for the
- The production chose to film in a country
where cockfighting is legal (Mexico), whereas in the United States, it is
- Before filming, production informed American
Humane that they would be filming these cockfighting scenes in Mexico. As a
nonprofit organization, American Humane’s required criteria for monitoring
filming in international locations involves a contract and additional fee,
which production declined. American Humane then expressed extreme concern to
the production regarding this potentially illegal and inhumane activity and
strongly discouraged the filming of these scenes in the absence of American
- Production informed American Humane that the
animal supplier was to be someone who raised fighting roosters in Mexico.
American Humane advised against this.
- American Humane explained the need for any
animal fighting scenes to be simulated and that the animals should not be
aggressive toward one another or make contact with one another.
- During the fight scene in the film, the
birds appear to make contact with each other, which is in direct violation
of American Humane’s Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed
guideline 1-42), which the production had access to before filming.
Because American Humane was not on set to supervise the action and cannot
attest to how it was achieved, we cannot be sure whether the action was real
or simulated, nor can we verify humane treatment of these animals. To voice
your concerns, please contact Universal Studios.
Learn more about international filming.
Monitored Animal Action
During the opening sequence, a man drives a truck with his pet iguana
sitting next to him. The man feeds the iguana some of the power bar he is
eating. As a chase ensues, the man picks up the iguana and jumps out of the
moving truck. This scene was filmed on a stage in front of a green screen,
in a mock truck cab. The actor was introduced to the iguana and instructed
on its proper handling before filming began. A special soft mixture of
strawberries and banana bread replaced the power bar. The actor was
well-rehearsed to pick up the iguana and hold it close to his chest as he
jumped down a short distance onto a stunt mattress. A trainer immediately
retrieved the lizard.
American Humane also monitored intense action involving a pit bull attacking
a man, but it was cut from the theatrical release.
American Humane’s On-Set Oversight
Find out how filmmakers work with American Humane and a get a complete guide
to our ratings system.