See Darren Aronofsky’s Lost Animal Masterpiece

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Darren Aronofsky was honored by the Humane Society of the United States Friday night, in part because of his commitment to using only CGI animals in Noah. But Aronofsky tells Vulture that he did make one little movie featuring live beasts — and frankly, he's a little surprised so few of us have seen it.

"I posted only one video in my life on YouTube," Aronofsky told us at the gala. "When I was in India, I saw a dog and a monkey wrestling. I thought it was cool, just amazing. I had never seen a dog and a monkey wrestle, and they were playing, it was totally fun. What happens is the monkey suddenly flies back and bumps into my camera, hits my camera, right into the lens, then sort of reached around and felt the camera, then got back into the fight," he said. (This appears to be the video; the monkey does indeed fly into Aronofsky's camera.)

The director said he encountered the interspecies brawl simply as a tourist, and he thought more people would be interested in such a match-up. "I thought it was a great video, but it didn't go viral," he said. "I only got like 50 hits. I thought I would get a lot more hits from a dog and a monkey wrestling, but I didn't."