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Saturday 27 December 2014

Singer forced to cut back violence

Bryan Singer wanted Jack The Giant Slayer to be family friendly
Bryan Singer wanted Jack The Giant Slayer to be family friendly

Bryan Singer has revealed that producers begged him to cut some of the gore from his new 3D adventure movie Jack The Giant Slayer.

The director of X-Men and The Usual Suspects admitted he was forced to take some of the violence out of the film, which stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci, to keep it family friendly.

Bryan revealed: "I did feel a little bit restricted. But I wanted it to be a family film, that's who my audience was, so I restricted myself.

"There was one shot that I was urged to shorten, that I would have kept in the movie, but you've got to choose your battles. Originally the giant picks a guy up and puts him completely into his mouth and chews him, and they begged me to shorten it. I was like, 'Okay, but I watched with a bunch of eight-year-olds and they thought it was cool'.

"But then parents can sometimes go, 'that was a little too much, and I'm not going to recommend that movie', and that would be a shame to deprive an audience because of a single shot."

He went on: "Then there was a shot that I cut, that was really violent. It was when a giant broke a man in half and ate him like a shrimp. It was really cool but I thought, I can't put that in there."

But the director feels children are much more immune to violence on screen these days.

He said: "Kids now are numb to stuff because there's so much violence on television and the internet that they're exposed to.

"But you have to be careful, because you want a child to leave the theatre scared, not upset. If you create the right tone it becomes fantasy violence and that is different."

::Jack The Giant Slayer is released in cinemas on Friday March 22.

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