Dieter Laser Sued Over “Human Centipede 3”


Dieter Laser is a name many may not recognize, but the now-iconic image of him as the evil doctor in the original Human Centipede is a visual I doubt any of us has been able to shake. His face has been hard to come by since the original, but Fangoria tipped us off this morning to his latest activity and it’s not what we wanted to hear.

According to the ever-popular horror rag, Dieter is currently embroiled in legal issues between him and the team behind Human Centipede 3. Dieter was (is?) scheduled to appear in the final chapter of Tom Six’s trilogy, but has reportedly become a bit egotistical and has begun demanding things the production team cannot actualize. As a result, he is now refusing to do the film a meer two months away from filming.

Producer Ilona Six let Fangoria know:

“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 HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 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.”

As of this post, Laser has yet to release a statement of his own. Stay tuned for updates as this story continues to develop.

UPDATE: Dieter has commented on the situation. Click here to read his statement.

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  • Dieter Laser

    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.