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John Landis addresses use of Confederate flag in controversial Animal House scene

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John Landis has revealed his biggest regrets from Animal House (Picture: Universal)

John Landis has revealed his biggest regret about the release of Animal House, vowing he would remove the Confederate flag from a shot if he could remake it today.

The 1978 National Lampoon flick, starring Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland and John Belushi, was set in 1962, and followed the exploits of a wild fraternity at Faber College.

To celebrate the 4K release, the director spoke to Metro.co.uk about what he would change looking back on the movie with fresh eyes.

‘I’m not sure it would still be made today,’ he told us. ‘There’s really only one thing I would take out, in one of the dorm rooms, there’s a Confederate flag on the wall. And that was because we were shooting in a real fraternity, and there was a Confederate flag on the wall.

‘And I said, “Well just leave it”. That was in 1977 and I just thought, “Ah, who cares?” And now I actually care.

‘I would take it down because the Confederate flag represents… The bottom line is the Confederate flag stands for slavery, racism, and by the way, losers. I think if you fly the Confederate flag, that’s a real statement and I would not have it on the wall, that’s the only change.

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The flag can be seen in the background of one scene (Picture: Universal)

‘The sexual politics in it, the people, they’re outrageous but they’re also accurate. It’s parody and satire and there’s some gross exaggeration.’

The Confederate flag, which dates back to the American Civil War, is considered to be a symbol of southern pride, states rights or a historical commemoration of the war.

However, others consider it to be a symbol of slavery and racial hatred – with the flag having been adopted by such groups as the Ku Klux Klan.

John also opened up about whether we would ever get a reunion from the original cast, more than 40 years after Animal House first appeared on the big screen.

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John also opened up about the idea of an Animal House reboot (Picture: Universal)

And he didn’t exactly say no…

‘Well they’re all pretty old now…,’ he laughed when the idea of a reunion was floated.

‘I don’t know, it would have to be a very clever, very smart screenplay.

‘The movie somehow connected. I think the strength of Animal House really is that it has a surprisingly clever screenplay. Doug Kenny [writer and Stork actor] really a brilliant guy. There was Doug Kenny, Harold Ramis [writer] and Chris Miller [writer and Hardbar actor], these are three guys who were all in universities in 1962-3. So they had first-hand experience of this.

‘The satire, it’s all based on truth.’

Recalling the mauling film critics first gave the film, John added: ‘It’s funny, in retrospect, I have so many movies I’ve made that are now always referred to as classic. And yet, when they came out, they were completely s**t on by the critics.

‘It’s just so strange. You go like, “Well, wait a minute, the movie is exactly the same, what happened?”

‘I’m lucky they were commercially successful but critically, I was always a schmuck in the US.’

National Lampoon’s Animal House will be released on 4K Ultra HD on May 17.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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