Ruh Roh! Before writing and directing Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,”James Gunn was a screenwriter who wrote the 2002 movie “Scooby-Doo.” The family film starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson, and Isla Fisher ultimately ended up with a PG-rating, but Gunn confirmed that his original film was rated R.
Gunn reached out on Facebook to honor the 15th anniversary of the movie, and set the record straight:
“Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out – I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film. And, yes, the rumors are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.”
Gotta love MPAA priorities. Boobs = offensive. Violence = OK. Read his full post for more memories from making the movie, including how “bummed out” he was to read all of the “terrible” reviews.
CinemaBlend posted a clip from the movie to show that plenty of cleavage did still make the cut:
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