Actress Tippi Hedren, her husband Noel Marshall, and their actress daughter Melanie Griffith, wanted to make a movie about lions after a trip to Africa. Animal trainer Ron Oxley said that the best way “to get to know about lions” is by living with them. So, they decided to have Neil the lion live with them, and it was documented by LIFE photographer Michael Rougier during the 1970s. Continue reading to watch the full “Roar” movie and for more pictures.
“Their life with Neil seems to have been nice, but their movie, Roar, didn�t go quite so well. Melanie required 50 stitches after being attacked by a lioness that was part of the film, and cinematographer Jan de Bont had to have his scalp sewn back on. 70 people wound up being injured by the movie�s cast of 150 large predatory cats. The movie cost more than 17.5 million and made 2 million,” says Bored Panda.