In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Todd Phillips had said that he wanted the monkey to smoke. So he had to train her. But the monkey would not stop smoking. He had added, "Now, I have PETA after me because the monkey's become addicted to cigarettes."
After he came to know about the anger of the animal lovers, the director has reportedly sent a statement to defend his previous statement. Phillips says that press meets will always have repetitive questions, which make it boring. He says, “Sometimes I like to mix it up with the journalists. Obviously, the monkey in the film never smoked a single cigarette. Even if I wanted her to smoke it wouldn't be allowed."
Meanwhile, Phillips has also revealed that there will also be a scene in the movie Hangover Part II, where the primate is doing cocaine. But he has confirmed that she also did not do cocaine. "By the way, she also appears to do cocaine in the movie, but I guarantee you that she didn't do that either," Phillips said.
Director Todd Phillips has confirmed that the monkey, which stars in his latest movie Hangover Part II, is not a cocaine addict as shown in the movie. And the director's confirmation comes following the wrath of animal lovers against his statement. He has said that he is a comedy maker and it was his joke at the press meet.