'And cut!' Movies that have been banned or censored
Warner Bros. removes dialogue about gay relationship in 'Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore' for China
Many of what might seem like the world's favorite films haven't been screened, either entirely or at all, in various parts of the world. Numerous films have been subject to widespread censorship due to their content—some are predictable due to high levels of violence or other controversial content, but others are quite surprising.
'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' officially confirms for the first time in the 'Harry Potter' franchise that beloved Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is gay and had a romantic relationship with the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen), but viewers in China won't see it.
Warner Bros. confirmed it has removed some dialogue referring to the characters' romantic past—including the lines “I was in love with you” and “the summer Gellert and I fell in love”—to appease the Chinese government.
“As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “In the case of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”
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