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THEY DON'T SHOOT HORSES, DO THEY?

It's not easy having a social conscience in Hollywood. Case in point: Richard Donner, director of the two Lethal Weapon blockbusters for Warner Bros. Just before he started the cameras rolling on Lethal Weapon III -- like its predecessors a blood-splattered buddy flick -- animal-rights activist Donner learned that General Motors routinely kills small animals as part of its safety-testing program. The director promptly banned the use of any GM cars in his movie.

GM then pointed out to the auteur that Ford and Chrysler share data from GM's bunny-smashing research. "That left us with the prospect of only using foreign cars," says Donner's press agent. Donner backed down and will use GM autos. But he's hardly happy. "We still intend to make our views known on the subject," says the spokesman. Does that mean Mel Gibson might blow away a lab technician in the next sequel?EDITED BY HARRIS COLLINGWOOD


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