Though most of the title reptiles in New Line Cinema’s hit creature feature Snakes on a Plane were computer generated, a few silicone replicas were used during filming to stand in for real snakes present on the set. Now New Line is offering fans of the film a chance to own a couple of these rubber serpents, which will be auctioned off to benefit American Humane, the organization that ensured the safety of the live animals used in the movie.
Up for bids are a 53-inch silicone cottonmouth and the 40-inch coral snake, which cost the production $12,000 and $9,000, respectively. The cottonmouth was used in the shot where Samuel L. Jackson holds a phone in one hand and a snake in the other, and the coral snake stand-in was smacked with a clipboard during a cockpit scene. The auction will run for two weeks at http://auction.newline.com.
American Humane has been monitoring animal action in filmed productions since 1940, and is the organization behind the ‘No animals were harmed’ statement included in the end credits of just about every movie made in the U.S. A spokesperson for the group commends New Line for its concern for animal safety, even during shots filmed outside of the country.
For a behind-the-scenes look at the animal action in Snakes on a Plane or to learn more about American Humane’s film monitoring work, go to www.americanhumane.org/film.