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05.06.08 62 Comments

The New York Times recently did a big article on Hancock, and suddenly it sounds a lot more interesting.  For one thing, it’s already gone through two edits, and the MPAA gave them both R-Ratings.

“We had statutory rape up until three weeks ago,” [Director Peter] Berg said, describing just one of the elements that has turned “Hancock” into an exercise in brinkmanship. The film, he said, remained surprisingly sexual, violent and true in spirit to an original script that was viewed as brilliant but unmakable when its creator, Vincent Ngo, first circulated it more than a decade ago under the title “Tonight, He Comes.”

Hmm, I thought I already saw that movie back when I was an altar boy. Father O’Connor said it was his favorite.  But I digress – anyone else suddenly excited for this movie? (lots more after the jump)

Keeping it [edgy] became what Mr. Berg called “an epic game of chicken.” The filmmakers, for instance, long ago conceded that their hero should not get drunk with a 12-year-old. But their concession was a bargaining chip, aimed at keeping a similar situation with a 17-year-old in the final version, which was still weeks from being locked as Mr. Berg spoke in April. Another touchy area, Mr. Berg said, involved flying, never mind driving, under the influence.

A 17-year-old is considered statutory now?  Where’s this set, Nazi Germany? 

Berg says the executives became comfortable with the film only recently. That occurred when they settled on a marketing approach that played down drama in favor of action and humor. In one of the trailer’s highlights Mr. Smith heaves a beached whale out to sea and smashes a sailboat.

“The ad campaign for this movie is much friendlier than the film,” Mr. Berg noted.

Yeah, it’s much shittier than the film, from what it sounds like.  Obviously, Iron Man is a huge success because Robert Downey Jr. seems like such a kid-friendly everyman.  Everyone loves a bland douche, am I right? 

[via /Film

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