Heard something interesting today via a former Hollywood casting director who is now a producer on a reality TV show. It began innocently enough with an observation that generally he does not like PG-13 movies. Is it because he likes his entertainment a bit edgier? No, that's not it, he says; it's because "You lose so much talent on PG-13s."
Really? Are there a lot of actors who won't do PG-13 movies? That seems counterintuitive, given that they sell better than Rs--hence all those films that are snipped and cut until they can squeeze into a 13.
No, that's not it, either, he says. It's not that actors won't appear; it's the four-letter problem. To keep its rating, a PG13 can feature only one or two "Cheneys," so to speak. The question thus arises: Who gets to drop the bomb? This, apparently, is an important issue to southern Californians. It is a heated subject of negotations. Some contracts contain an F-clause entitling the star to do the deed. Some actors blow up if their expletive is deleted. "On almost every PG13, someone walks off because of f---," he says.
In Hollywood, such a story generates a shrug. In Utah, such a story generates a dull stare of disbelief. Grown men and women actually feel so strongly about saying one naughty word that they'll quit a job if they can't? Only one word comes to mind when we hear that, and by golly, we're going to use it. Those guys are f--What? We can't say it on a PG blog? Forget it, then--we're out of here!