Dieter Laser has dropped out of The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), stalling the project less than two months before shooting was to commence. Depending on where you sit regarding this franchise, this news can make one feel anything from sadness to relief. If you're director Tom Six, the news makes you straight-up litigious, as evidenced by Six's angry tweet, followed by an official press release:
Tom Six’s company will sue Dieter Laser.
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 THC3 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.
Laser responded quickly with his own statement:
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.
Not feeling good about the revelation that Laser's a Method actor. Anyhow, Laser was set to return alongside Laurence Harvey (THC2), and I have to admit I was interested to see what Six had planned for the creepy pair. It'd be terrible to see Laser replaced; say what you like about the films, but they were very effectively cast. Hopefully Laser and Six can kiss (ATM optional) and make up in time to save the trilogy!