After a prosthetic head of George W. Bush was pointed out in a beheading scene in "Game of Thrones," HBO has issued an apology, reports Deadline.com.
The presence of the head was noted in the DVD commentary for the season one boxed set by "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who said the use of the Bush lookalike wasn’t a political statement.
The commentary includes these observations between the two men, the story reports: “The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice; it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever heads we had lying around.”
HBO issued the apology, along with an apology by Benioff and Weiss, after Republican leaders criticized the use of the fake head, the story notes.
"We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," HBO said in a statement. The network said it will remove the head from future DVD production.
Benioff and Weiss added, "After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former president and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."