Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall and their daughter Melanie Griffith are not just a unique family for having made significant contributions to the cinema (Tippi was the star of the movie “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock, and Marshall was executive producer of “The Exorcist”). In fact, the family spent much of their life living on a farm in California where they shared not only the garden, but the living room and even the bed with a real lion. This crazy experiment was undertaken in order to film the catastrophic movie that was ‘Roar’ (1981). It was in production for 11 years and cost $17 million.
During a trip to Africa in the 70’s, the family came across an abandoned house that had been overtaken by lions. This was, ultimately, the exact moment they decided they wanted to create a movie based on this scene. The main idea of the movie was to educate the world about the danger of the extinction of lions, tigers and many other wild beasts. But first, they needed to learn how to live with them.