Everyone is buzzing about the Snyder Cut of Justice League. However, there is another director’s cut in a vault somewhere that fans of Robin Williams are going to want to see. Recently Chris Columbus, director of Mrs. Doubtfire revealed that there is, in fact, an R-rated cut of the 1993 Robin Williams film.
Before Robin Williams hit the big screen, he was Mork. Before that, he was primarily a standup comedian. His improvisational comedy skills are legendary. It was his improv skill that led to several cuts of Mrs. Doubtfire. Director Chris Columbus talked about this with Entertainment Weekly earlier this week.
Chris Columbus: There Are Three Versions of Mrs. Doubtfire
The conversation really started earlier this week with a viral tweet. The tweet referenced a 2015 interview in which the Mrs. Doubtfire director jokingly said there were PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 cuts of the film. During the EW interview, Columbus sat the record straight.
He said that there is no NC-17 cut of the movie. He said that back in 2015 as a joke. However, he said there is an R-rated cut of Mrs. Doubtfire. He said that the different cuts of the film came from an agreement he had with Robin Williams.
Columbus said that Williams agreed to do a handful of scripted takes. Then, he would let the comedian “play,” with the scene. This allowed Robin Williams to be as raunchy or as out-of-left-field as he wanted. Then, they would move on to the next scene. And, if Williams saw potential in the scene to cut up, they would shoot several takes of the scene.
Don’t get too excited about an R-Rated version of Mrs. Doubtfire, though. Columbus said that the “definitive cut” of the movie is already available to audiences. He is proud of the film that they made and he sees no reason to re-edit the movie into a raunchier film. However, he is kicking around the idea of doing a documentary and showing some of the scenes that were too hot for the PG-13 cut. Nothing is set in stone at the moment, though.
Robin Williams? R-Rated?
The fact that the Mrs. Doubtfire star would do R-Rated takes may seem surprising to some. After all, Robin Williams is best known for his family-friendly work. He was the star of hit kids movies like Alladin. Flubber and Jumanji. Even his films that are geared more toward grown-up audiences aren’t usually that raunchy. Instead, he just takes on more serious roles.
However, the Robin Williams on stage and the Robin Williams on screen were two very different animals. His standup comedy was more in-line with guys like George Carlin, Andrew Dice Clay, and Eddie Murphy than someone cleaner like Jeff Foxworthy. If you want an example of how racy Williams could get, you can find examples of his standup on YouTube.