UK Release Of The Expendables Loses Two Seconds
Editing certain things out movies, be they violent or boobie-filled related scenes, in order acquire a certain rating is commonplace in Hollywood these days. Sometimes directors use tricks to get around the censors, like when Quentin Tarantino used black and white photography in order not to lose scenes drenched in blood for.
But it’s not always possible and we often end up having some really cool stuff cut out in order to appease the certain people’s delicate natures. Sylvester Stallone’s next film The Expendables is the latest victim. OK, the film is only losing two seconds of film, but stil, they sound like two pretty good seconds.
After viewing the finished copy of the film, the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) gave the distributors, Lionsgate, the choice between having an 18 rating or losing a scene or two.
Not wanting to alienate younger viewers, they’ve opted to remove a scene in which “a hero sadistically twisting a knife into a guard’s neck”. Personally, we’d rather have the 18 ratings and to hell with the little brats.