Filming has been suspended on Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s new movie Knight And Day after two people were injured when seven bulls escaped the set onto the streets of Spain.
The animals, which were being used to recreate scenes from the country’s annual Pamplona bull run, fled onto the streets of Cadiz until they were recaptured approximately 40 minutes later. Two women were slightly hurt during the stampede, according to local police and officials, leading the mayor’s office to call off shooting until safety procedures are re-evaluated.
A spokesperson for the mayor of Cadiz says, “Nothing will be filmed in Cadiz until we have a new plan that guarantees the safety of local residents.” Producer Calle Cruzada insists he did not know how the bulls managed to escape.
But the incident will further the fears of an anti-bullfighting organisation, whose members have pleaded with Cruise and Diaz to pull out of the movie. Cas International released a statement last week (beg16Nov09), that read, “Apart from the fact that bulls are abused for this movie, we also fear that after seeing this movie, even more American and other tourists will participate in the bull runs in Pamplona and elsewhere in Spain.”
Cruise and Diaz were due to fly to Spain to start filming their scenes next weekend (28-29).