More terrifying than anything found in The Human Centipede movies is what is going on behind-the-scenes: contract disputes. Dieter Laser, star of the first Centipede, was scheduled to return for part three, along with part two lead Laurence R. Harvey. But according to Screen Read, Laser has dropped out of the project. Producer Ilona Six promised Fangoria that they would pursue legal action. More after the jump.
In an email to Screen Read, Laser wrote: "It's very simple: I loved the story when it was told, got the contract and the promise to have the script in 4 to 6 weeks. When it arrived – half a year later and only after the official announcement – I didn't like the realization at all, couldn't identify with the character the way it was written and developed immediately and enthusiastically in a day and night marathon a version full of concrete and practical suggestions which would enable me to play the lead full throttle – same procedure as with Dr. Heiter – but this time it also would have had some unavoidable effects to the dramatic structure. That was too much for Tom and since he couldn't live with my suggestions and I as a method actor couldn't identify with his version, I told him that I couldn't see any other way than that he would have to ‘change horses'. That's it."
If Laser is a method actor, I shudder to think how he prepared for the first film. Anyway, producer Ilona Six (director Tom Six's sister) told Fangoria, "Because of the success of The Human Centipede, it seems that Mr. Dieter Laser's ego has grown to laughably big proportions. First signing the contract and rating The Human Centipede 3 script as fantastic, and then demanding his own unacceptable script changes, and now refusing to play the part only seven weeks prior to shooting. Six Entertainment Company will start legal action against Dieter Laser. Tom Six says not to worry—principal photography will be postponed and will take place later this year."