Getting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job
For animal trainers that help make films, the job can be wild. Like getting a bear to perform for the camera. It can require lots of fried chicken.
Casey the bear is seen in "Evan Almighty" and other movies. The animal loved chicken. KFC was his favorite. It had to be fresh.
That story is among those in the book "Animal Stars." It's a look at how trainers get animals to safely perform. Set for release Sept. 25, the book is co-written by the head of the American Humane Association. That group looks after the rights of animals in the movie business.
When a movie is being made, the group will come to ensure animal safety.
But for another animal welfare group, the efforts are not enough. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it is against the use of live animals in film and TV work.
The book features quotes from actors and directors like Quentin Tarantino. He directed the movie "Django Unchained."
"They need somebody saying, 'No, it's too much.' 'They're too tired.' 'It's too scary for them.' " he said about animals used in movies and TV.
"You just need the time to train the animals and get them ready so they don't get hurt."