Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt.2 Almost Got Rated R
The waiting is finally over. Since November 16th, 2012, the last part of the Twilight franchise can be seen in US and UK cinemas. It earned a PG-13 rating (for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity) just like the previous films did.
However, that wasn't all that clear from the start. At one point, Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2 was at risk to receive an R rating from the MPAA. The reason: the vampires can only be killed by beheading in both the book and the film. And since Bill Condon thought it was important to actually show that, he submitted a pre-version to the MPAA months before post-production was finished in order to find out how it would be received. And this aspect prompted the MPAA to issue a tentative R rating.
Condon wrote a letter to the MPAA and stressed the importance of the beheadings and to find out what were the relevant aspects that led to the decision of rated it "R". The MPAA replied that the sound effects of the decapitations made the difference and therefore, they were changed in the final version of the movie. Condon said:
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