You'd think that the set of a movie like Human Centipede III would be a botanical garden of friendship and cooperation. But trouble is brewing in production of Tom Six’s third spine-melding horror. Deiter Laser, star of the first movie, was set to return to his “mad doctor” role in the upcoming threequel. However, it appears that HC3 doesn’t live up to the artistic standards of the original — Laser has opted out of playing the role as it stands, breaching his contract.
Screenread published the following statement by Laser:
“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.”
Laser does have a point. As a method actor, it is unreasonable to expect him to sew together over five hundred actual people to get in character for this new film.
Producer Ilona Six, sister of director Tom stated, “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 III 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.”
That kind of attitude is promising for all of those eagerly (although probably very secretly) awaiting the final installment of the series. There is nothing that will stop the Six family from sewing people together. That's dedication.