Director : William Friedkin
Year : 1980
William Friedkin and Al Pacino were out to shock people’s sensibilities with this film. Unfortunately, the MPAA (censors) condemned Friedkin’s original cut for it’s ultra-provocative, graphic sexuality. It took over 40 different edits, resulting in 40 minutes being excised, for the film to get granted an R rating. The deleted footage has yet to be seen.
Really, it’s Friedkin himself that’s ultra-provocative. His films almost hold the audience in contempt. He often tries his hardest to push the viewer away into questioning his intentions – so they discover for themselves how multi-faceted his films actually are.
James Franco attempts to reimagine the lost footage in the soon-to-be-released docu-drama, Interior. Leather Bar. As Friedkin supposedly received death threats in the aftermath of the original film, Franco must face his own consequences. Some people would like to interpret his exploration as some kind of admission of homosexual guilt. A unique extrapolation there.
Try this on Google. Search any male actor’s name. And you will likely find one of the top predictive searches being the following:
More contemporary actors may have “BI?” next to their names. Channing Tatum does. Who knows? Certainly not those who propagate it.
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