As he told Kimmel:
There’s a big dog. There was actually, sadly, another dog which was cast, who is this big dog’s son, but it died just before. Mustafa, who is the father and this huge, huge dog, was initially in this scene…My character, Connie, has this affinity with dogs. He thinks he is a dog in a previous life and he thinks he has control over animals. There’s this one scene we shot which was basically there’s a drug dealer who busts into the room, and I was sleeping with the dog and basically giving the dog a hand job.
…I asked the trainer…because the director was like, “Just do it for real, man! Don’t be a pussy!”
And the dog’s owner was like, “Well, he’s a breeder. I mean, you can. You just gotta massage the inside of his thighs.”
I was like, “Just massage the inside of his thighs?!”
I didn’t agree to do the real one, so we made a fake red rocket.
BuzzFeed News film critic Alison Willmore saw the movie Thursday night and can confirm there’s no scene in which Pattinson’s character abuses a dog.
Although, Pattinson did joke with Kimmel that it may be on the DVD extras.
In a statement, PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said:
PETA depends on actors and crew members to come forward when they see mistreatment, whether it involves a dog who is being forced into churning water on the set of A Dog’s Purpose or an A-list actor who is being asked to molest his canine co-star. Robert Pattinson is our kind of guy (and everyone’s who has a heart) for refusing to masturbate a dog—which is like child molestation—and for talking about it so that the public can see that once again animal trainers’ top priority is money and animals’ interests and well-being are often ignored. PETA is currently investigating whether the law was broken in this instance.
Good Time hits theaters in wide release on Aug. 11.