‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ director confirms there is an R-rated version of the movie
Columbus confessed to shooting alternative scenes, after a viral tweet from the Movie Information twitter account recommended Williams had such a skill for improvisation that there were unused “PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 cuts of the film.”
According to the filmmaker, Williams — who depicted both Daniel Hillard and his change ego, British matriarch Euphegenia Doubtfire — would do “one or two, three scripted takes. And then he would say, ‘Then let me play.'”
Columbus remembered doing “anywhere between 15 to 22 takes.”
“He (Williams) 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.”
While some fans may be thrilled by the concept of an R-rated “Mrs Doubtfire,” Columbus stated that variation of the film will most likely never ever be launched.
“I would be open to maybe doing a documentary about the making of the film and enabling people to see certain scenes re-edited in an R-rated version,” Columbus stated. “I think that would be the best approach.
“Mrs Doubtfire”, which also stars Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein, has earned $441.3 million at the worldwide box office.
Columbus said he remains “extremely happy” of the movie and doesn’t wish to spoil its legacy in any way.
“I remain in an excellent location with ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ so there’s truly no factor to do the conclusive cut. The conclusive cut of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is out worldwide today.”
Williams, widely considered one of the greatest comedic actors of his generation, first made audiences laugh on the comedy circuit and “The Richard Pryor Program,” before winning hearts across the globe as the alien Mork in TV sitcom “Mork and Mindy.”
He brought his zany energy to films such as “Dead Poets Society” and “Excellent Early Morning, Vietnam,” winning numerous awards for critically acclaimed performances, including the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as the sympathetic psychologist Sean Maguire in 1997 drama “Excellent Will Searching.”
Williams passed away in August 2014 at the age of 63.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.