Why Him?

A father disapproves of his daughter’s new fiancé.                 
  • Starring: James Franco, Bryan Cranston
  • Director(s): John Hamburg
  • Producer(s): Stuart Cornfeld, Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller
  • Screenwriter(s): Jonah Hill, John Hamburg, Ian Helfer
  • Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Animal Coordinator: Boone’s Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, December 23, 2016

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the family pulls into James Franco’s front yard and we see a group of chickens, prior to shooting the scene the trainers brought the chickens over in their cages, let them out on the lawn. They also placed feed in the area to keep them in place. After filming the scene, the trainers retrieved the chickens and placed them in the air conditioned vehicle.

In the scene where the two men are talking and a llama approaches them and one of the actors pets the llama, the trainer led the llama on a short rope to the actor prior to shooting. The actor practiced petting the llama prior to filming the scene. The llama was rewarded with food after they filmed the scene.

In the scene where the actor washes the llama that is tied to the statue, prior to shooting the scene, the trainers wet the llama with a hose. They also showed the actor how to rub the soap on the llama, nowhere hear his face. The soap was nontoxic.

In the scene where the actor is feeding the chickens when he suddenly gets in a scuffle with another man and throws a chicken at the man, barely missing him, the trainers placed feed all over the ground and placed the chickens on their mark. They also placed a fake chicken in the middle of all the real chickens in the yard. On action, the actor picked up the fake chicken and threw it at the other actor. After they called cut, the trainers placed the chickens back in the air-conditioned vehicle.

In the scene where the man opens the helicopter door and a bunch of doves fly out, prior to filming the scene, trainers placed the doves in the box inside the helicopter. This was filmed on the green screen. The doves were never near a working helicopter. On action, the trainer whistled, they opened the door and six doves flew out.