We didnt order sex & drugs scenes to be cut from Elton John biopic, Russian culture ministry says

Elton Johns musical biopic Rocketman has hit Russian cinemas with a bit of a scandal. The singer criticized cutting out sex scenes as “censorship.” The culture ministry says it had nothing to do with the distributors decision.

“We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to censor Rocketman for the Russian market,” a post on the singers Facebook page says. “Paramount Pictures have been brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Eltons extraordinary life, warts and all.” It further laments that the audience was denied “the opportunity to see the film as it was intended.”

Russian moviegoers wont see some scenes involving kissing and oral sex between men and drug use, amounting to around five minutes. The changes were made in accordance to the countrys laws, the distributor said. Russian legislation prohibits propaganda of homosexual relations and pornography to minors.

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“There were no demands from the ministry of culture,” said the head of its cinematography department Olga Lyubimova. “None of us have even seen the movieRead More – Source