Rocketman is no Bohemian Rhapsody
The Queen biography Bohemian Rhapsody is a huge success despite the behind-the-scenes drama regarding director Bryan Singer and many critical voices concerning the PG 13 rating, which required that many controversial parts of Freddie Mercury's private life were only treated very superficially. Far more than $800 million in worldwide box office revenue and 4 Oscars are the outcome. An achievement, which no music bio ever managed to reach before and which Rocketman probably can't top. Although musically, Elton John definitely plays in the same league as Queen.
Recently, the Daily Mail, which is not necessarily known to be particularly serious news outlet, reported that Rocketman was to be censored in a nude scene so that a PG-13 is possible. Paramount was supposedly forcing director Dexter Fletcher to shorten a scene of almost 40 seconds in which the naked butts of Taron Egerton (as Elton John) and Richard Madden can be seen.
The more serious Hollywood reporter also has a story about this bed scene, but it's not said so clearly that the studio demands cuts of a certain length and the headline also assumes that the movie gets an R-rating. Among other things because of the scene, which is supposed to have naked butts, drugs and a lot of F-words. The Hollywood Reporter article was apparently corroborated by two production-related sources who said that the movie probably will get an R.
Another source, however, also confirmed that there is discussion about this scene.
The director Dexter Fletcher said on Twitter:
Producer Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) also mentioned elsewhere that Elton John gave permission to show everything, even if it meant an R-rating. It was always Vaughn's intention to produce a film that showed John's drug consumption and sex life in an unadorned way.
However, there is no clear statement regarding the age rating right now. How the film will be released at the end of May is still unclear. The enormous success of Bohemian Rhapsody of course tempts us to make Rocketman suitable for the masses. In Germany, two naked men's butts wouldn't change the age rating, but especially in the US, the MPAA is much more critical when two gays disappear under the blanket. So the scene can very well be decisive for the final rating. We'll see soon enough.
Release: Mar 31, 2019 - Author: sausagemoo81 - Translator: Mike Lowrey