While Robin Williams’ death back in 2014 was a tragic loss, it afforded fans the opportunity to celebrate his anthology of comedic genius. Those unfamiliar with his stand-up acts of the 1970’s and 80’s quickly realized that behind the nose of “Patch Adams” and childhood exuberance of Peter Pan existed a laugh-til-your-sides-hurt explicit joke teller. If you’ve never listened to his NSFW bit on the Scottish invention of golf, make time to watch it on YouTube. So, it should come as no surprise that a recent tweet reintroduced the fact that Williams dug into his old bag of dirty jokes when filming the comedic blockbuster “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The viral social media phenomenon suggested that somewhere exists a NC-17 or Rated-R version of the 1994 film, which also stared Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan. Bookmakers at Bovada were quick to post odds as to whether or not Mrs. Doubtfire’s “after dark” cut would ever see the light of day this year.
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R-Rated Mrs. Doubtfire Viral Tweet
This trip down memory bleeping lane started with a simple tweet from the @factsonfilm Twitter account.
While filming ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (1993), Robin Williams improvised so much that there were PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 cuts of the film pic.twitter.com/vjYUCmyrj2
— Film Facts 🎬 (@factsonfiIm) March 18, 2021
The tweet said that Robin Williams improvised so much during the filming of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” there were multiple possible ratings including R and even NC-17, which means no children under 17 permitted without an adult. So, how in the world did @factsonfilm find this little nugget of information and share it with social media carnivores always hungry for the next bit of meaty controversy? Vanity Fair dug deep into the internet’s archive abyss to find an interview “Mrs. Doubtfire” director Chris Columbus did with Yahoo!Movies back in 2015. In the piece, he was quoted as saying of Doubtfire, “literally, a PG rated version of the film, PG-13, R, and NC-17,” versions of the film existed. However, the most gratuitous of Williams’ off-color ad libs were evidently hyperbole.
Doubtfire Actress, Director Confirm Rumor
In the days after the “Mrs. Doubtfire” tweet, the virality of the moment led to both Columbus and one of Williams’ co-stars to comment on the topic. The director cleared the air and original interview messaging by telling Entertainment Weekly that there is no NC-17 cut of the movie, but there is enough edited material for a R-rated version.
“The reality is that there was a deal between Robin and myself, which was, he’ll do one or two, three scripted takes. And then he would say, ‘Then let me play.’ And we would basically go on anywhere between 15 to 22 takes, I think 22 being the most I remember,” – Columbus told EW
And while Columbus shot down fans’ requests that he release the Rated R version, he is open to the idea of a “Mrs. Doubtfire” documentary to celebrate the film and highlight Williams’ improv.
“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 told EW. “The problem is, I don’t recall most of it. I only know what’s in the movie at this point because it’s been a long time. But I do remember it was outrageously funny material.”
Actress Mara Wilson, who plays Williams daughter in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” also knew of some more explicit dialogue to hit the cutting room floor. However, because she was just 6 years old at the time, the veteran actor never dropped crude ad libs while she was on set. Granted, that didn’t mean she wasn’t aware of his 22nd take.
He didn’t say any of the blue stuff around me, but I know he said it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was material for an R rating. NC-17? No way. https://t.co/Nubrchc0vl
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) March 20, 2021
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