Accused Canadian cannibal Luka Magnotta was on the radar of animal rights activists long before he was a murder suspect in the gruesome death of Montreal student Jun Lin and they thought they had a secret weapon to capture him -- porn legend Ron Jeremy.

The actor, who has appeared in more than 2,000 adult films in a career spanning nearly 40 years, told the Canadian Press that he was asked to participate in the sting by members of Rescue Ink, an animal rights group, and former Playboy playmates Sia and Shane Barbi, also known as the Barbi Twins.

The proposal came in January, 2011, before Magnotta became a murder suspect. At the time, animal rights groups were after Magnotta because he had allegedly killed kittens and posted videos of the deeds on the Internet -- accusations he has denied.

The plan, according to Jeremy, was that he would invite Magnotta, a small-time Canadian porn actor, to Los Angeles to supposedly appear in an X-rated flick.

Once Magnotta showed up on set, the activists would apprehend him.

Although Jeremy has spoken out about animal rights, he thought there were flaws with the plan.

“It’s like an episode from some TV show. The [guy] comes to the set with lube in one hand and his schmeckle in the other thinking he has a job, and the cops tackle him to the ground," he told the Canadian newspaper The National Post. “That’s good for the movies. That doesn’t work in real life.”

Jeremy, 59, was unaware until recently that Magnotta had become a murder suspect.

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  • Une photo de Luka Rocco Magnotta prise par la police de Berlin après son arrestation, rendue publique par le SPVM. (SPVM/PC)

  • Le chef adjoint de la police de Vancouver, Warren Lemcke, annonce qu'une main et un pied ont été livrés à deux écoles primaires de Vancouver le 5 juin, des découvertes liées au meurtre attribué à Luka Rocco Magnotta. (PC/Darryl Dyck)

  • L'école primaire St. George, à Vancouver, où le pied a été expédié. (PC/Darryl Dyck)

  • Les médias devant l'école primaire de False Creek, à Vancouver, où la main a été expédiée. (PC/Darryl Dyck)

  • Une voiture de police transportant supposément Luka Rocco Magnotta quitte le centre de détention de la police de Berlin. (AP/Timur Emek)

  • Le cybercafé de Berlin où Luka Rocco Magnotta a été arrêté, dans le quartier de Neukoelln. (AP/Markus Schreiber)

  • Une image de la caméra de surveillance du cybercafé, lorsque Luka Rocco Magnotta est entré. (AP)

  • Le propriétaire du cybercafé, qui a reconnu Magnotta, attend les policiers qu'il vient d'alerter. (AP)

  • Un groupe de policiers stagiaires entre dans le cybercafé pour interpeller Luka Rocco Magnotta. (AP)

  • Ils escortent Luka Rocco Magnotta à l'extérieur du cybercafé pour le placer en détention. (AP)

  • Le propriétaire du cybercafé, Kadir Anlayisli, qui a reconnu Luka Rocco Magnotta, se tient à côté du poste où se trouvait le suspect. (AP/Markus Schreiber)

  • L'appel mondial lancé par Interpol pour retracer Luka Rocco Magnotta. (AP/Interpol)

  • Luka Rocco Magnotta capté par les caméras de surveillance de l'aéroport Trudeau, où il a pris l'avion pour Paris. (AP/Interpol)

  • Le réfrigérateur de l'appartement de Luka Rocco Magnotta, où il aurait gardé des parties du corps de sa victime. (PC/Ryan Remiorz)

  • Un policier de la GRC transporte dans un sac le colis livré aux bureaux du Parti conservateur, à Ottawa, qui contenait un pied. (PC/Sean Kilpatrick)

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Joe Panz, Rescue Ink’s co-founder, said the plan was need to get Magnotta into the U.S. because the animal-abuse allegations weren't serious enough to have him extradited.

Panz also told the Globe And Mail newspaper that he was upfront about the potential risks to Jeremy.

“I don’t lie. Yes, you can get hurt,” said Panz. “I can’t put somebody in harm’s way without telling them, ’Listen, this could go very badly for you.’”

Jeremy, whose porn nickname is “The Hedgehog,” was also worried that setting up a fellow adult actor might tarnish his reputation in the industry, Panz said.

“I don’t blame him,” he said of Mr. Jeremy’s decision not to take part in the sting. “He was in a very difficult situation.”

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