Oscar nominee Eric Roberts cast in "Human Centipede 3"

The star's name lends some credibility to the highly mocked horror franchise

Published May 29, 2013 8:50PM (EDT)

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"Human Centipede 3," the oft-parodied horror franchise that derives its shock value from the perverse and ever-expanding, well, human centipede, has lent itself some credibility, casting "The Dark Knight Rises" star and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Six has said of the third "Centipede" installment that it will make its prequel -- which was originally banned both in Britain and Australia-- "look like a Disney film." (It is worth noting that "Human Centipede 2" made the shortlist for the Razzies award for worst movie in 2011).

EW doesn't specify whether Roberts will play one of the humans stitched together from mouth to anus in the (now) 500-person-long-centipede, the deranged villain who stitches them together, or someone else entirely, but regardless, the role seems to be an odd one for an Oscar nominated actor with more than 30 years of experience.

But then again, perhaps Roberts will reprise the character he played in Mariah Carey's music videos:

By Prachi Gupta

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