This is the scene that was cut from 'Red Sparrow' to get down to a 15 rating
Red Sparrow has barely been in theatres for a week and it's already made a number of headlines - though most of those have been down to Jennifer Lawrence. In the film, the 27-year-old actress plays Dominika Egorova, a Russian "Red Sparrow" who is tasked to use her body as a weapon in dealings with the CIA.
Obviously, the chance to see J-Law in her birthday suit has been a huge selling point for the film, and the actress herself has opened up about the difficult experience of shooting the nude scenes. However, because of this, the film is rated R in the USA, and a 15 in the UK - but it was almost an 18.
Francis Lawrence, who directed the movie, recently revealed that it was one scene in particular that tipped the rating over to an 18, and so he made the decision to cut it in order to make the film more accessible to a wider audience.
"It's the only edit I made for any territory," Lawrence said in an interview with Digital Spy. "They said, 'Hey, if you just lose a little bit in this one scene, you can get this rating, which will help financially'."
But what exactly was so bad about it that it bumped up the whole film from a UK 15 rating to an 18? Well - despite the sexual nature of the film - it was actually a few frames of gratuitous violence that had caused the issue. Describing the action, Lawrence said:
"It's the first scene in the hotel where [Dominika Egorova] goes to visit Ustinov (Kristof Konrad) and she's up there, and he gets garrotted and the garrotte starts to cut into his neck and it starts to drip quite a lot of blood and it starts to drip down onto her chest and neck, and we trimmed that down by just a couple of shots and shortened it, and that's it."
When asked if he regretted having to lose the scene, Lawrence insisted that it wasn't a big deal.
"That didn't bother me at all. If suddenly, to get this one jump in rating I was having to cut a lot of things, if it started to feel like it was really going to augment the tone of the movie and the feel of the movie and the dynamics of the movie, I wouldn't have done it.
"But to really pinpoint a couple of shots and say shorten a few of these things, I was 100% fine with that."
The film was new territory for Lawrence, who - until recently - was best known for her roles in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. At first, she was hesitant about the nudity, but she soon used it to her advantage.
"I realized there’s a difference between consent and not. I showed up for the first day and I did it and I felt empowered," she said. "I feel like something that was taken from me, I got back. It’s my body, it’s my art, and it’s my choice. And if you don’t like boobs, you should not go see ‘Red Sparrow.'"
So, if nudity and violence (but not garrotting) are your sort of thing, definitely give Red Sparrow a watch.