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PETA Confirms Halle Berry Did Not Skin Real Squirrel in ‘Never Let Go’ Thriller

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Halle Berry at ELLE Magazine’s 15th Annual Women in Hollywood Event. Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 10-06-08 /Depositphotos

*PETA issued a response to Halle Berry’s revelation about skinning a squirrel for her role in the upcoming thriller “Never Let Go.”

The organization said the Oscar-winning actress did not harm animals but instead worked with realistic props, Vibe reports. 

“While moviegoers may squirm in their seats at the sight of a squirrel being skinned, Alexander Aja’s use of movie magic, instead of a thinking, feeling being in Never Let Go, once again proves that technology is the key to modern, humane movie production,” said PETA’s Director of Animals in Film and Television, Lauren Thomasson. 

The statement continued, “PETA is happily rushing delicious squirrel-shaped vegan chocolates to Aja and Halle Berry to applaud this responsible choice, and we urge other filmmakers to commit to making their productions positive for animals by using only props, computer-generated imagery, and other special effects.”

Directed by Alexandre Aja, “Never Let Go” is a psychological thriller that “centers on a family of three haunted by an evil entity. Whenever they leave the safety of their cabin to venture into the woods, they are bound by rope to the home. The family’s safety and surroundings come into question when one of the boys asks if the evil is real.”

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Halle Berry attends Halle Berry In Conversation “Bruised” at 92Y on November 19, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for ABA)

When Berry appeared at Lionsgate’s CinemaCon panel earlier this month to speak about the project, she explained that she plays a mother of two sons who “has never gone beyond their forested environs, and whenever they leave the cabin, they are bounded by rope as they venture into the scary woods.”

Berry mentioned that she acquired the skill of skinning a squirrel as part of her character preparation.

“There was no electricity… no lights,” she recalled. “And they’re eating bugs and frogs — raw frogs — in the woods. It was a challenge. I had to really skin a squirrel. These things wildly challenged me to create some reality within this world that felt so foreign.” She added, “This gave me an opportunity to be a part of a world I had never seen before.”

“Never Let Go” opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 27.

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