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"Step Up" Won't Cut Gas Mask Scene

By Garth Franklin Thursday July 26th 2012 08:13AM
"Step Up" Won't Cut Gas Mask Scene

"Gangster Squad" isn't the only film currently undergoing revisions for sensitivity. Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment has held discussions over their dance film "Step Up Revolution" which opens this week.

Unlike 'Gangster' however, reshoots and delays are not happening as the film is still set to open on 2,500 screens as planned. The concern was raised due to a scene in which dancers break into a party, wearing body vests and gas masks, and use gas grenades to threaten the guests.

TV spots featuring the scene have been pulled (said scene was not in the film's trailers), but the scene itself will remain intact in the final film. Summit released an official statement about their decision:

Summit Entertainment’s STEP UP REVOLUTION is an uplifting film that celebrates the redemptive power of dance. There is a brief scene in the film in which a troop of dancers enter a room wearing gas masks as props and the dancers immediately go into a choreographed routine.

Because of last week’s tragic events in Colorado, Summit immediately removed television advertising that briefly showcased that scene from the film. The scene also briefly appeared in a trailer released three months ago that the studio is no longer actively servicing. Having taken these steps, Summit will open this inspirational, nonviolent film in theatres nationwide this weekend as originally edited.

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