Producers of hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones have apologised for using a model of George W. Bush's head in several beheading scenes in a 2011 episode of the show.
Use of the head was acknowledged in the DVD release of series one, with creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss saying: "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."
After viewers took offence, creators of the show issued an apology to offended fans.
"We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc," says the statement. "We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush.
"In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologise if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."