Lasse Hallström’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, might not sound like a film that would be fishing for praise from PETA, but the filming of the drama went swimmingly, thanks to fake fish.
A Brief Fishstory
This isn’t the first time that fake fish have made a splash on the big screen. A River Runs Through It, directed by Robert Redford, and Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm both got two fins up for not using real fish.
Animatronic and computer-generated animals are getting starring roles in more and more films, such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Big Miracle, because people who care about animals refuse to tolerate cruelty in the entertainment industry.
Fishing‘s stars are reeling in the animal accolades too. Both Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor love their companion dogs, and Emily has been known to enjoy a vegan meal, while Ewan donated an autographed picture to an animal shelter’s fundraiser.
Fake fish aren’t just enjoyable onscreen—fantastic faux-fish dishes make for dinner and a movie that fish can get behind.