Emily Browning Fuming Mad at MPAA Over Sucker Punch Love Scene Censoring
03.26.11 by BJSprecher
Writer-director Zack Snyder's (300, Watchmen) new genre-bending action movie, Sucker Punch, opened nationwide last night. While it contained plenty of action-packed footage of Babydoll (Emily Browning) and her four fellow patients—Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—of the sadistic Lennox House mental hospital fighting dragons, orcs, zombie cyborgs and robots in breath-taking fantasy worlds, there was at least one scene that did not make it into the final cut. In a recent interview with Nylon (via CinemaBlend), Browning unleashed her anger at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for forcing Snyder to edit a love scene between Babydoll and High Roller (Jon Hamm) or risk losing the movie's PG-13 rating.
I had a very tame and mild love scene with Jon Hamm. It was like heavy breathing and making out. It was hardly a sex scene... I think that it's great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn't like that. They don't think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they're from the Stone Age. I don't know what the f**k is going on and I will openly criticize it, happily. So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she's into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That's the only way he could get a PG-13 (rating) and he said, "I don't want to send that message." So they cut the scene!
Browning went on to say that she was "torn" about the final rating the movie received.
I want an 'R' (rating) because we can get a lot of cool scenes into it, but then I like the idea of younger girls being able to see it.
Sucker Punch was written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya. The cast includes Carla Gugino as Madam Gorski and Oscar Isaac as Blue.