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MPAA Slaps Bruno With NC-17 for Gay Sex Scene

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When Borat first hit the desk of the Motion Picture Association of America, Sacha Baron Cohen was handed a NC-17 rating. He lobbied it down to a R, and still managed to include the gratuitous scene of him wrestling with the fat guy. Naked. Well, history repeats itself with Bruno, Cohen’s gay fashionista follow-up. Blame a butt sex scene.

Its first time out, Bruno, about a gay Austrian “fashionpolizei” TV host, also snagged a NC-17 rating. Hilarious, but it’s a death sentence for a film, restricting not just who can see it but which theatres will show it; most cinemas refuse to screen flicks with ratings above R. That, and distributor Universal will refuse to release it unless Cohen gets it down to a R.

So now Cohen & Co. have to cut enough footage to make the MPAA happy.

Likely on the chopping block? A scene where Bruno “appears to have anal sex with a man on camera.” And the scene where “the actor goes on a hunting trip and sneaks naked into the tent of one of the fellow hunters, an unsuspecting non-actor.”

Now, what are the over-unders on, if the anal sex scene were a depiction of a man and woman having sex, the MPAA wouldn’t have got so upset?