Rumor: Bruno Added Scenes to Appease the Gay Community?
There's one thing you don't want to do in Hollywood - upset the gay community. And unfortunately that's just what Bruno is doing. An editorial coming from GLAAD just hit Hollywood Reporter today and a separate article on The Wrap addresses the issue as well. However, Dominic Patten of The Wrap claims that Universal and Sacha Baron Cohen actually reshot part of the movie due to pressure from prominent gay individuals in Hollywood - like director Mike White - who apparently "found the Bruno character to be a depiction of fetishism rather than a comedic stereotype." Were there really reshoots on Bruno? I doubt it.
"When you see a Bruno clip in a room full of gay men, everyone laughs and it's fine," Queer as Folk star Peter Paige told The Wrap. "When you see a Bruno clip in a room full of straight men, they're all laughing, and it's a different thing. You start to go, 'Hmmm, I don't know how I feel about this.'" I don't know how I feel about all these gay complaints either. I thought everyone instantly knew that Bruno was, in essence, a pro-homosexuality, anti-homophobia comedy, with Cohen's confrontations with homophobic individuals being where the comedy comes from. I haven't seen the movie yet, but that's the exact idea that I thought everyone got from watching the trailer. Am I wrong? Does it really offend the gay community that much?
Here's where things get confusing - Mike White apparently also told The Wrap: "People are going to have a range of reactions to the film. I'm excited for people to see the movie, because it's going to generate a lot of interesting discussions." So he's upset but excited for people to see it? I, for one, agree with Brendon Connelly at SlashFilm - I hope Cohen and director Larry Charles didn't do any reshoots and don't recut the film just to appease the gay community. It's part of the very edgy nature of Sacha Baron Cohen to go as far as he wants no matter what anyone, gay or otherwise, thinks. But maybe the pressure is getting to them?
So really, I don't know what to make of this claim that Cohen added and/or reshot various scenes in Bruno. The Wrap even says that they added an "ending shot this spring with the participation of Elton John, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and other music celebrities, which seems to promote gay marriage in a spoof charity video." Although, the NY Times reports that Cohen did not get the rights to use Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", that charming little song from Lion King. Does that mean that scene won't be added? Or does that mean that scene doesn't even exist to begin with? Who knows? What I do know, however, is that I can't wait to see Bruno. If this is the kind of reaction its getting, then I know he's done something right.