“Kinsey” helmer Bill Condon was the one on the receiving end of probing questions following Monday’s Variety screening.
The helmer said he learned how unsettling people find sex and, more specifically, a pic about a sex researcher, during shooting.
The crew caught wind of an impending protest, which “was scary to us,” Condon said, “because when you’re on a tight budget, you can’t afford a day when suddenly everyone’s honking their horns and you’re not getting production sound and all that stuff. So we were dreading the day, and we showed up that morning and there were six people. We gave them coffee.”
He said the MPAA was just as easily assuaged.
“We submitted the film as is,” Condon said, “and they called at the end of the day and said they were giving it a hard R for pervasive sexual content, and a ‘thank you, we learned a lot.’ ”
He added: “I suppose it was because the sex is clinical and not salacious, but I thought maybe they’re just getting a sense of humor in their old age.”
Daily Variety executive editor Timothy M. Gray moderated the ArcLight sesh.