Robert Pattinson is no jerk as far as PETA is concerned.
The former “Twilight” star has earned a thumbs-up from the animal-rights organization, after divulging that he refused to masturbate a dog for a film.
In a statement provided to TheWrap on Friday, PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange likened masturbating a dog to “child molestation,” and said that Pattinson’s disclosure comes in handy for spreading the word on animal abuse.
Lange also said that PETA is “currently investigating whether the law was broken in this instance.”
“PETA depends on actors and crew members to come forward when they see mistreatment, whether it involves a dog who is being forced into churning water on the set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ or an A-list actor who is being asked to molest his canine co-star. Robert Pattinson is our kind of guy (and everyone’s who has a heart) for refusing to masturbate a dog — which is like child molestation — and for talking about it so that the public can see that once again animal trainers’ top priority is money and animals’ interests and well-being are often ignored. PETA is currently investigating whether the law was broken in this instance,” Lange said.
Pattinson discussed the situation during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday, saying he refused to shoot a scene for his new film, “Good Time,” that involved a sex act with a dog because it was too obscene.
“There’s a big dog. There was actually, sadly, another dog which was cast, who is this big dog’s son, but it died just before. Mufasa, who is the father and this huge, huge dog, was initially in this scene,” Pattinson explained.
“My character, Connie, has this affinity with dogs. He thinks he is a dog in a previous life and he thinks he has control over animals. There’s this one scene we shot — there’s a drug dealer who busts into the room, and I was sleeping with the dog and basically giving the dog a hand job,” the actor continued.
When the audience (and Kimmel) erupted in laughter, the actor added, “I asked the trainer [about it] because the director was like, ‘Just do it for real, man! Don’t be a p—!’ And the dog’s owner was like, ‘Well, he’s a breeder. I mean, you can. You just gotta massage the inside of his thighs.’ I was like, ‘Just massage the inside of his thighs?’ I didn’t agree to do the real one, so we made a fake red rocket.”
Makes you wonder where they get off, making a suggestion like that…