He comes clean (or as clean as he's able) about his crude R rated stunts

By Noah Robischon
April 24, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Tom Green revels in pushing his audience over the line, and then taking them one step further. But even the most avid scholars of ”Freddy Got Fingered”’s grossouts may wonder how horrified (or cracked up) they should be.

EW.com got Green to ‘fess up and help us gather the facts about what happened on the set.

Did he really touch a horse’s penis? A: Although stud farmers normally wear gloves when working with an aroused stallion, Green literally took matters into his own bare hands. Says Green, ”I’m sure the horse enjoyed it quite thoroughly.” (And a veterinarian was on the set to ensure the animal’s safety.)

Did he really do THAT again with an elephant?
No. ”Freddy” did rent a pachyderm for the scene, but the private part you see in close up is a prop. ”I guess elephants have been known to stomp a few people into the ground if they get irritated,” says Green.

How authentic is the deer carcass that Green wore?
It’s a fake. Green discussed wearing fresh road kill, because the gag is an outgrowth of his famous ”moose humping” bit from MTV’s ”The Tom Green Show.” Though the crew found that ”chilly” dead moose by the side of the highway, the usually game Green declined to make like Luke Skywalker in ”The Empire Strikes Back.” According to longtime Green collaborator Derek Harvie, the comic later rued his decision: ”He kept sitting there going, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t crawl inside that moose carcass.”’

How did the American Humane Society let him get away with this stuff?
The animal protection organization, which gave the film its seal of approval, monitored the entire production — they even measured the noise level from a shotgun blast to make sure it wouldn’t startle a cow on the set. (In the end credits, that same cow permitted Green to drink milk straight from its udder.)

Did Green do all his own stunts?
Definitely. The producers begged him to use a stand in during a homage to Buster Keaton’s ”Steamboat Bill” in which a house falls on his head. It was the third day of shooting, and they feared injuring the director and star. That’s partly, Green says, why they waited until late in the production to shoot the opening skateboard sequence, ”just in case I broke something.”

Like what, Tom? An elephant’s heart?

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