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PostSubject: Michael Jackson bit cut from 'Bruno   Michael Jackson bit cut from 'Bruno I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 13, 2011 10:35 am

The sudden death of Michael Jackson
on Thursday prompted a series of discussions at Universal Pictures that
resulted in the studio cutting a Jackson-related sketch from
"Bruno" only hours before its Los Angeles premiere.
Uni removed a scene in which Bruno, the flamboyant Austrian
journalist played by Sacha Baron Cohen, interviews an unsuspecting
LaToya Jackson about a number of topics, including her brother.
Among the gags is a joke about the King of Pop's high-pitched voice,
as well as an attempt to discover his contact info (Baron Cohen grabs
LaToya's phone), as well as a reference to his trademark white glove,
etc, all done in Baron Cohen's characteristically absurdist tone.
The scene played at press screenings earlier in the week, where it
did not stand out as unusually outrageous in the context of the pic's
other antics.
But after Jackson's death on Thursday, the studio and filmmakers
decided to remove the scene for the premiere screening out of
sensitivity to the Jackson family. The film now goes directly from Baron
Cohen's gonzo interview with Paula Abdul to a focus-group for his faux
reality show.
Still, because many critics attended those earlier showings, its
content could make its way into reviews. In fact, removing the scene in a
way calls more attention to it, though the studio clearly wanted to
avoid even the perception of poor taste.
"We decided to take it out for tonight, and we'll reassess before the
release whether to keep it out," said director Larry Charles at the
premiere's afterparty. (Update: Uni now confirms the scene is officially
out of the theatrical version, and says removing it won't be expensive
because most of the prints have not yet been made or shipped).
It's rare that a studio changes a movie in post because of current
events, though in a slightly different vein, Sony in the wake of 9/11
stopped playing a "Spider Man" trailer that showcased the Twin Towers.
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