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'Luck' Director

Blames TMZ for Killing Show

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

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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As a member of the production team that was suddenly put out of work I would like to say to TMZ your first "story" was NOT factual. The poor horse that died was not on set. LIE! That horse was NOT euthanized on set. LIE! It doesn't matter that as a film crew we were held to a higher standard than any one group dealing with animals. We simulated a horse races hundreds maybe thousands of times. There were TWO accidents! It was tragic it was unfortunate it was NOT negligence. The third horse was nowhere near the crew or our set, she got spooked and slipped. After going through an exam from an equine vet to make sure she was healthy enough to run. PETA is a terrorist organization and TMZ is sensationalist yellow "journalism". This is what passes for news in 2012. The comedic depictions of the horses in a hospital bed and covered up in a sheet on this website go along way toward telling the real agenda of TMZ. You don't give two shakes about those horses. It was ALL about the all mighty dollar.

851 days ago


LOL!! Tmz you ALWAYS put your own spin on every story! Tmz is just a trashy tabloid who doesn't care who they hurt or make fun of as long as they keep making that dirty money!

851 days ago


The heavy dialogue is what killed those horses. So much jargon their brains couldn't take it.

851 days ago


I can't speak for the producers of Luck...
I can't speak for the writers if Luck...
I can't speak for the trainers of Luck...
I can't speak for the jockeys of Luck...
I can't speak for the caterer of Luck...
I can’t speak for the extras of Luck...

But I can speak for the horses down here in the barn of Luck... and they all tell me this gig has been a frigen equestrian Fallujah from the gitgo!

851 days ago

Megan Peri    

But yet you think its A O.K. when Donald Trump's son cuts up an elephant's tale and holds it up like a trophy. We live one hypocritical world dont we. Both are sick and twisted!

851 days ago


if you like Luck then "LIKE" this page

851 days ago


I loved the show. It liked watching the character development over the weeks and how the characters began to fall in love with the horses. I wish instead of cancelling the show, they would have used videos of real races and workouts instead of using the "actor" horses. I believe they did the best they could and had animal welfare people there all the time, but unfortunately, thoroughbred race horses are not the sturdiest of animals. I hope HBO will think about this again and continue with a different method.

851 days ago


now maybe david milch can get around to finishing up the 2 deadwood movies for hbo for all the deadwood fans he left in the lerch

850 days ago


now the horses can be turned into glue. the ones that had a job are going to now all be euthanized. the question is what did you really save. the media controls everything. now they can hide what really goes on at horse race tracks for real. they want a story they could care less who eats these horses. americans idiots. go outside right now, there are people starving. yet we can afford to have stores called petco to buy our dogs toys and vitamins. distraction so you dont pay attention to anything bad going on. sheep. bahhhh bahhh bahhh bahhh. leading us all to the edge of the cliff one step at a time. no time for punctuation before i get some genius comment.

850 days ago


TMZ you were doing your job!!!

I´m glad it got cancel

850 days ago


you know people who have never been around horses shouldnt even give an opinion I have been in the show ring the racetrack and all in between yes it is sad to lose a horse. I have lost my share one got casted in its stall and aspirated into his lungs oh and people he was a race horse. now is that an act of neglect or an accident. Ya'll need to define ACCIDENT omg

850 days ago


TMZ get a life! Thanks for ruining a great show.

850 days ago

Franco Betrucci    

LUCK was a great show with a great cast, I love animals and horses especially but unless there was negligence I dont see why they would shut down the show ? As far as TMZ a BUNCH of MORONS!! another National Enquire copy cat ! I wish they'd give me a show to critique and call out ALL these stupid shows and rediculious reality shows NOW that would get ratings !!!

850 days ago


TMZ what a joke. Facts: Horses die from accidents. Horses are expensive to feed, tack, and sustain vet bills. Horses are abandoned, starved and put down across the country. These were 50 horses that "found work" to keep them fed and alive for another 2-3 years, and why were 50 horses "available" to the production? Because they had no purpose they were being used for otherwise, they're on the block. Way to go liberal nut jobs. I'm an animal lover, too, but I check the radical and irrational at the door. Get a reality check. Instead of 47 horses remaining with a life, care and purpose for the next 2-3 years, and yes, subject to the risks of ... being a horsie, we now have 47 more horsies that are bound for glue, tacos, and dirt naps. Good job. Bravo.

Quote: The man who trained the third horse that died on the set of HBO's "Luck" is telling friends ... NO ONE is to blame for the fatality ... insisting the animals received exceptional care, but sometimes "s**t happens."

Sources close to Matthew Chew -- who trained and owned horse #3 -- tell us the people who looked after the horses are some of the best in the business ... who thoroughly examined the animals at least twice a day during production.

Chew has told friends ... the horse was simply playing around when it "misstepped" and fell down Tuesday morning ... suffering a head injury that required it to be euthanized on the set.

We're told Chew believes the incident was a freak accident ... telling one person, "We were just horribly unlucky ... sometimes s**t happens."

850 days ago

Kurt Cobain    

Believe what you will. You'll never comprehend the way the cast and crew of luck feel. Were you there? no.

849 days ago
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