An Elephant Joke…Sacha Baron Cohen speaks of cuts in the US to avoid an NC-17 rating

Posted: 14 March, 2016 in MPAA Cuts, New Releases
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Poster Grimsby 2016 Louis Leterrier Grimsby is a 2016 UK action comedy by Louis Leterrier.
Starring Penélope Cruz, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb The BBFC asked for category cuts to achieve a 15 rating. The BBFC was a little secretive and just noted that the cuts were to a couple of scenes of crude humour.

It seems that according to a video interview with Sacha Baron Cohen that the film also suffered category cuts in the US to achieve an R rating. It seems that censors from the MPAA were convinced that an ‘elephant scene’ fell into the category of bestiality. (But surely bestiality would need to be cut at any level and wouldn’t be suitable at NC-17 either).

Cohen says that he challenged the MPAA’s definition of bestiality and also cut 6 minutes from a 9 minute scene. He suggested that the cuts were a ploy to obtain the scene he wanted and that the cut material had been added just to be offered as cuts in negotiations.

It will be interesting to see if both the US and UK cuts end up being the same version.

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