Peter Berg had a couple of scraps with the MPAA's ratings board to win a PG-13 rating for Hancock --the Will Smith super(anti-)hero blockbuster.
"They hate sexual intercourse," says the director. "They hate sex, and they hate the word f---. It’s really that simple."
There's also the issue of "general intensity," a catch-all category that had Berg trimming seconds from the movie's final hospital room scene. An opening sequence in which Smith's Hancock tries to kill himself was also excised -- "just very dark," says Berg. "And there’s a lovemaking scene with Hancock and a groupie which I thought was pretty hilarious. That will be on the DVD."
Berg, who went from acting (The Last Seduction, TV's Chicago Hope) to directing (Very Bad Things, a bachelor party nightmare black comedy, was his first), has a bunch of things in the works. Right up there is a new version of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic, Dune. The same desert planet epic was adapted for the screen back in the Eighties. David Lynch directed, and Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen ad a giant sandworm starred.