Monday, August 21, 2006

Two-Headed Snake Inspires For ‘Snakes On A Plane’?

ST. LOUIS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Snakes On A Plane is being billed as fiction but it’s practically a documentary for the president of a city aquarium in St. Louis.

Leonard Sonnenchein thinks the film may have been based, in part, by an experience he had with “We,” a two-headed albino rat snake that lives at the City Museum Aquarium.

Sonnenchein took We with him to appear on Live With Regis And Kathie Lee back in 2003, and on the way home he tried to check the reptile with his other luggage.

That was a mistake.

Airport authorities in New York City called in “local and federal agents, Homeland Security, even Fish and Wildlife officials,” as Sonnenchein puts it, “So they could all witness the two-headed snake smuggling villain open his own suitcase.”

Sonnenchein thinks his own snakey plane experience may have inspired the new Samuel L. Jackson film. He says the fact that the film opened right as his museum hosts an exhibit of two- headed snakes is “fortuitous,” and maybe NOT a “coincidence.”

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