Winning By Censoring
In order to gain a PC rating for the new Pink Panther movie, Sony movie chief Amy Pascal ordered numerous cuts in the film, including references to oral sex and erectile dysfunction, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Monday). She also approved an additional $5 million to reshoot certain scenes and reedit others. In an interview with the Times, Sony distribution chief Jeff Blake gave the changes credit for the unexpected victory at the weekend box office. "We were hoping for the widest possible audience, and the PG really gave us an advantage," he said. Director Shawn Levy conceded the point, saying that until the cuts were effected, the film was "not clearly for families and it was not clearly for an adult audience.... The tinkering that Sony requested of me made the movie so much better."