We’re going to get right to the heart of things — there is no NC-17 cut of the well-loved classic film Mrs. Doubtfire. On March 18, a tweet went viral after claiming there are several cuts of the film thanks to comedian Robin Williams’s love for off-color improv. The tweet got its information from a 2015 interview in which director Chris Columbus said he ended up with four different cuts in the editing room, “literally, a PG rated version of the film, PG-13, R, and NC-17.”
Columbus set the record straight, telling Entertainment Weekly that although there is no NC-17 cut, there are three distinct cuts, including an R-rated one. The director explained that he struck a deal with Williams in which the star was to complete at least three scripted takes before he could “play” and do “anywhere between 15 to 22 takes.” Williams would come up with new lines with each take, with 22 being the most takes Columbus remembered him doing. “He would sometimes go into territory that wouldn’t be appropriate for a PG-13 movie, but certainly appropriate and hilariously funny for an R-rated film. I only [previously] used the phrase NC-17 as a joke. There could be no NC-17 version of the movie,” he added.
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