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Bizarre any way you ‘Splice’ it

Warner Bros. opted for a black carpet at the “Splice” preem at the Chinese Theater, where director-writer Vincenzo Natali credited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the film’s inspiration.

“I saw a photo of a lab mouse with what looked like an ear growing out of its back,” Natali said at the June 2 post-screening bash at Boa. “That’s what got me going, though I was kind of naive about how long it would take to get this done.”

Natali admitted that he was pleased at the aud’s shocked reactions during the screening. “Americans are much easier to shock than the French, who are very respectful,” he added. “It really is a dream come true for me, particularly since I’ve seen the film more times than you can imagine.”

Robert Downey Jr. was among the guests who saluted cast members Adrien Brody and Delphine Chaneac, exec producers Guillermo del Toro, Joel Silver and Don Murphy, and Warner execs Dan Fellman and Sue Kroll.

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