All Atom Egoyan had to do has add a bit of a blur to the "prolonged thrusting" in his threesome scene, and the Motion Picture of Association of America would have changed the rating on Where the Truth Lies from NC-17 to R. At least, that's what the very angry director says an MPAA official told him. Egoyan insists that the ratings board's decision is "a violent act of censorship" and that the scene wouldn't have been an issue if the rest of his film didn't look so commercial – ironic, of course, since the rating will dim its commercial prospects significantly. The thing is, everyone involved insists that the scene isn't at all pornographic – it's intended to add multiple shades to the characters which apparently play an integral part in the murder-mystery plot. "It was important to me to express the sexual lives of the characters in a non-exploitive way," Egoyan told Hollywood North Report, "so I shot the film in one take. There is only a master shot. I have no option to show the scene from different camera angles."

There are a couple of reports on Egoyan today - apparently, he and Kevin Bacon are traipsing around Toronto bad-mouthing the MPAA. Their producer, Robert Lantos, insists that none of this is actually good for publicity ... with a twinkle in his eye and his fingers crossed behind his back. I poked around and found a pile of stills from the film for your ogle pleasure - although, sadly, none seem to have been captured mid-thrust.

categories Cinematical