Moviehole has an interview up with Keanu here. Lots of stuff there blah blah don’t care. AH HAH! What I do care about is this money quote:
I’m cheesed they’re not doing a ‘’Constantine’’ sequel
I know; me too. We got killed by having an R-rating [on the first movie]. You can watch Lord of the Rings and see trolls and stuff getting axed apart, and blood everywhere, and we don’t even have any blood in Constantine. We said [to the ratings board] “But we don’t even have any blood?” You know what they come back with? “But trolls and dwarves aren’t real, Demons are real – you can’t blow them up”. But yeah, I’m just bummed about that, because I really enjoyed playing that role.
Seriously? Demons are real? This from the MPAA? Wow, good to know we’ve got some real even thinkers looking out for our children. (Not that kids don’t get into R movies anyway, but in general it seems that the R rating is the kiss of death for certain films)
Now look…maybe you believe in demons, but that’s a far cry from saying “demons are real” and then basing your judgment about this concrete event (ie what children get to watch) on the assumed reality of your beliefs. Leave that up to the parents of the individual children. I would have never thought “Hollywood” and George Bush would have so much in common.
Side note: Do they believe that the specific demons from the movie are real? That’s kind of stupid, even for an extreme believer – they are quite obvious expansions on Christian mythology. Also, using this logic, shouldn’t movies with angels (because they are real too) too be “R” rated? Angels in the Outfield anyone? That movie with Nicholas Cage…whatever it was called, you get the picture.
Side note 2: Yes, I also notice the awkwardness of his quote – the bit about blowing them up comes off kind of confusing and I’m not sure what he was going for.