If you're in China and looking for a way to watch Michael Fassbender make out with himself, it ain't gonna happen, as Chinese censors have cut six minutes of footage from Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant.
The movie was released in China on Friday (June 16). According to The Hollywood Reporter, unfortunately for fans of android-on-android action the missing footage included that same-sex kiss, uncovered among the missing moments by moviegoers over the weekend.
Hmm. We're wondering if that godawful recorder playing was also among the cuts...
Chinese censors are no strangers to reducing the running time of popular Hollywood films by cutting scenes deemed too graphic, gory or indeed, those with LGBTQ themes.
Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain was denied a release in the country despite the prominence of its director – who won the Best Director Oscar for the same-sex romance – and LGBTQ-themed content is often routinely blocked via other media platforms in the country.
However, according to Variety, Beauty and the Beast's much talked-about "exclusively gay moment" – which was subject to censorship rows in both Malaysia and Russia – was not cut from the film in China.
As such, it may not be altogether surprising that the Covenant scene which sees androids Walter and David (both played by Fassbender) kiss each other was removed from the film's final cut before being shown to audiences – even if it does seem rather extreme.
The 'intimate' moment sees the pair share a restrained, close-mouthed kiss and is altogether rather tame, even more so when you consider David is technically making out with his robot double.
In fairness, we'd probably make out with an android if it looked like Michael Fassbender as well.
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