Rumors have been swirling about a possible NC-17 version of “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Director Chris Columbus made sure to set the record straight.
Apparently there’s not an NC-17 version of the 1993 Robin Williams classic. However, there IS an R-rated version. “The reality is that there was a deal between Robin and myself, which was, he'll do one or two, three scripted takes. And then he would say, ‘Then let me play.’ And we would basically go on anywhere between 15 to 22 takes, I think 22 being the most I remember,” Columbus said.
The result of that meant that Robin came up with new versions and new lines in every take. “He would sometimes go into territory that wouldn't be appropriate for a PG-13 movie, but certainly appropriate and hilariously funny for an R-rated film. I only [previously] used the phrase NC-17 as a joke. There could be no NC-17 version of the movie,” Chris admitted.
- So the real question is this – will we ever get to see the outtakes. “I would be open to maybe doing a documentary about the making of the film, and enabling people to see certain scenes re-edited in an R-rated version,” Chris noted. “The problem is, I don't recall most of it. I only know what's in the movie at this point because it's been a long time. But I do remember it was outrageously funny material.”
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