A leading primatologist, Dr. Malik, has sent a letter to director Cameron Crowe on PETA’s behalf in response to recent comments made by Crowe.
Crowe was talking about Crystal, the capuchin monkey most recently in the Hangover II, saying she is:
"not just the hottest actress around, but also the most compelling."
He also said that monkeys are:
"like Mickey Rourke [because they] do nothing you tell them to."
In the letter, Dr. Malik explains how the “highly social” monkeys are taken from their mothers at birth, kept in relative isolation, and not given proper exercise on movie sets.
She compells him to use today's technology, such as animatroincs or CGI, instead of animal actors. Not a bad idea, especially after such a big CGI hit like Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Read Dr. Malik’s entire letter after the jump…