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HBO Apologizes For George W. Bush's Decapitated Head On 'Game of Thrones'

HBO is apologizing after a likeness of George W. Bush's head was shown decapitated on a stake on its hit drama 'Game of Thrones'.

The strange cameo went mostly unnoticed in the season one finale until creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss pointed out the prop in the episode commentary on the DVD.

"The last head on the left is George Bush," they said as they made note of the strange fact. "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes."

"It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around."

The creators and HBO are now apologizing for the representation of the former president.

"We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk," explain Benioff and Weiss.

"After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former president and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."

"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," HBO adds in its own statement. "We made this clear to the executive producers of the series, who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake."

"We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."

June 14, 2012 |

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