Having seen the massive fortune that “Bohemian Rhapsody” generated, Paramount Pictures is apparently seeing green as it is reportedly demanding filmmakers cut a sex scene from the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” in order to achieve a PG-13 rating reports The Daily Mail.
In the film, Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) plays John and Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) is his one-time lover and manager John Reid. It’s one of the film’s most central relationships and includes a “40-second scene that shows Egerton and Madden writhing on a bed”. The scene reportedly shows off both their asses, but is said to be “tastefully done”.
The paper claims the studio is “forcing the director to cut the scene” and it appears the potential upside for profits with a PG-13 over an R-rated musical will be greater than any potential backlash over the film’s perceived ‘straightwashing’.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was criticised for being heavily sanitised and frequently outright inaccurate – and it didn’t hurt its business or awards prospects. Yet when “Rocketman” went into production, one of its selling points was that it would be R-rated and be unafraid to go the places ‘Bohemian’ wouldn’t. Egerton last year said: “we’re not watering anything down” and was seemingly quite proud of the sex scene.
Paramount previewed footage from the film this week at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The movie opens this summer.