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'Luck' Director

Blames TMZ for Killing Show

3/15/2012 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Director Michael Mann straight up LIED to the cast and crew of "Luck" yesterday ... insisting the reason the show got cancelled is because TMZ "unfairly spun" the story about a THIRD horse dying on set. 

Sorry Michael ... no spin here.  

Mann and producer David Milch addressed the staff right after HBO pulled the plug on the show yesterday ... and explained, "If you take a look at the media coverage that has been spun unfairly. If you saw the media coverage ... It's TMZ and everybody else."

Let's take a look at the facts ...

-- THREE horses died on their watch. No spin.
-- Horse #3 was euthanized on the set ... and production continued a few hours later
-- Publicist Karen Jones initially LIED to TMZ about the story ... in an effort to stall us from publishing.

Bottom line -- if the horses were alive, the show MIGHT still be on the air.

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136.

Joe Luck    

TMZ you feel like you hold no responsibility for the show luck getting canceled. ur facts are not all there. the 3rd horse died in the stables at santa anita not on set. the crew was in the parking lot having breakfast and rigging camera cars when it happened. NO ONE FROM THE LUCK FILM CREW was near or around that horse. It was also not one of our main filming horses, it was a horse on lend to us from different stables just for that days work. The horses on that show were treated better than any cast or crew member. Every member on that show knows that the horses are the heart of the show. Please stop picking on the show and let us go out quietly. Also if you have friends at PETA tell them they are *******s. If they care all that much why don't they work with the Humane society to co-govern how animals are used in films/tv. Lastly there were 4 Humane society reps on set with us every time we had a horse. In stead of speculating why don't you go find their logs and publish some facts. Thank you for killing my job and the jobs of over 200 people. Keep up the good honest work, I'll pray for your souls.

858 days ago
137.

Jen    

Tmz sounds like a bitter 12 year old girl who just got dumped on Facebook. Capitalizing random words is not an effective way of communicating, nor is it proper writing. Then again, why am I expecting proper writing?

857 days ago
138.

Sandy    

I loved this show. I am totally an animal lover too. Pita and all the other animal rights people need to back off. You people are repulsive! If you want to go after people who hurt horses go after the racing community or the people who abuse and neglect all animals. I'm sure the horses on this show were treated with the utmost care and to have three of them die was a tragedy but unless you know the real reasons why this happened stay off the bandwagon.

857 days ago
139.

frankie p    

luck will be missed as one directlyinvolved in horseracing industry show was accurate,characters believable and can be found at any track too bad its gone put it on another channel tba tnt network somewhere please

856 days ago
140.

Susan Landis    

Loved the show Luck. May have been too slow for some but I Loved the characters, the stories, the acting and the horses. LOVED it. Don't understand about the death of 3 horses however. Sounds like something is wrong with that situation on the set. Doesn't sit well well for a show carefully crafting a sensitive portrayal of the beauty & nature of horses, to have horses die on the set--something doesn't jive. Very sorry to know that the series has been cancelled. Thought it was by far the best thing on TV anywhere for a long time. It has a slightly gritty real sensibility , it has humor , and is very well acted, with unusual, sometimes unlikely, but sympathetic and interesting characters and situations. Too bad it won't be continued. HBO should change their mind.

856 days ago
141.

rjohn    

r u kidding me -- this show was about the underbelly of the sport -- and people are working and have suceeded in killing a program that feasted in it?

856 days ago
142.

Nancy    

These horses were provided by an outside agent and trainer. Vets checked the horses and approved them for their service. Animal welfare people were on hand to make sure they were treated properly. And you blame HBO and the directors/producers/actors for the horses breaking down? Be serious. What do they know about horses? That's why all those other people were there - to protect the horses - and they failed. I feel the show should continue, but not using horses. Race scenes could be filed races, workouts, etc. In this day and age, computer generated scenes are normal. The show should not have been cancelled.

856 days ago
143.

jackmo    

TMZ you suck...Luck was an awesome show!!

855 days ago
144.

Constantinople    

You naysayers are dolts. 3 horses dying has little to do with Luck or HBO as responsible. Horses are born a risk to themselves. Breakdowns are a fact of life. Why don't you try to shut horse racing down entirely? Get a life. LIVE it. Quit trying to take others freedoms from them. Including horses.

849 days ago
145.

mike    

Most of the comments on here are coming from complete ignorance. You horse lovers should go watch the episode on real sports about the ugly side of horse racing. Then you will really have something to cry about. Three horses dying was obviously not good but the show did not need to be cancelled. They could have made some changes and possibly even brought in someone to help with the safety.

849 days ago
146.

TruthSpeaker    

All you idiots claiming that the show killed horses don't know what your talking about! Do a little research and you'll find that horses die everyday at racetracks in various ways, just like on the show. Why are you not against the whole race horsing industry?!? There was nothing anyone could have done for these horses whether they were on a t.v. show our just living in stables...death happens to us all! Go back to watching Jersey Shore and The Bachelor and all the other ridiculous television out there and leave good quality film making in the dust. Just a sign of the times I guess, never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups! Best t.v. show in a while is now over thanks to you people.

848 days ago
147.

jim    

It was a ritual killing according to TMZ sources, the horse was repeated late to set and for the first time in history a horse was euthanized! 2,400 horses were injured at racetracks in the US last year, but according to sources at TMZ, none were euthanized in a humane manner, all the 2,400 horses were allowed to die from natural causes on the track while professional horse trainers stood by wringing their hands in mourning! Let's get real, these horses are born and bred to run, unfortunately horses and, hey, people, too, for that matter die, injured on the the job and die or from old age. Why is a normal and natural occurrence grounds for hysteria, if you want to express some truly important and righteous outrage over unnatural causes of death such as a gunshot wound to the chest of a young black child wearing a hoodie, well THAT is something to rage against the wind at! Not a lot of TMZ in on that one!

844 days ago
148.

notsureanymore    

Horses go to glue factories, horses go into dog food. Horses raised to run LOVE to run. If I could say I died doing what I loved, I would be a very happy soul indeed. Hug a tree, run a horse.

838 days ago
149.

todd     

Major misinformation here - - the horses used in the filming of Luck were retired racehorses. Most of them will end up going to slaughter anyways. Using older retired horses and making them race again led to these injuries that resulted in them being put down. A lirrle foresight could have prevented this problem by using younger more durable horses. As a racehorse trainer myself, I have seen these things happen. These horses are not out there being FORCED to run. The ones that do race TRULY love their job and will give 110% effort every time. This will and determination can lead to injury unfortunately, but thats why these horses are on this earth - to be racehorses. And the 3rd horse that died was just a freak accident - the horse reared up and fell over backwards and hit its head.. anyone who has been around thoroughbreds knows how crazy they can be at times.. Maybe a switch to harness racing could prolong this show as standardbreds can work a lot more often and are much more durable than thoroughbreds.

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