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The Stars of Snakes on a Plane

Published July 31, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema.
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As EW recently confirmed in their latest issue, many of the snakes used in Snakes on a Plane are the real deal. The giant snake we watch fall through the lighting fixture? That is Kitty, a 16 ft., 200 lb. Burmese python that could offer one of the grossest scenes in the film. Snakes are obviously a big deal in the film and were a big deal to keep controlled on set.

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CNN recently took a look at the stars of the film, the snakes naturally, by visiting Hollywood snake wrangler Jules Sylvester.

Sylvester's animal actors take center stage in his latest project: "Snakes on a Plane," opening August 18. The film, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, called for 450 slithery stars. (Read the Entertainment Weekly cover story.)

Sylvester rounded up his best performers -- including a 22-foot Burmese python -- and carted them to the set in Canada in plastic jars and picnic coolers.



It was one of the biggest projects yet for the snake wrangler, who started catching reptiles as a kid growing up in Kenya. As a teen, he got a job at the Nairobi snake park and fell in love with the work.

"Snakes" director David Ellis says hiring Sylvester was a "no-brainer."

"He's probably the best at what he does," Ellis says.

Plus, it was crucial to include real snakes in the film.

"Computer-generated snakes are awesome but a live, real snake is a live, real snake," he says.


Have a thing for reptiles? Then check out the entire report over at CNN.

Snakes on a Plane comes to theatres on August 18th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Snakes on a Plane Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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