This summer's Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw may be a testosterone-fueled romp that pits Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham against Idris Elba, but the upcoming spinoff actually had to tone down its content to earn the Motion Picture Association of America's approval.
In a post on his Instagram, Johnson shared a brief behind-the-scenes video of his character bludgeoning a masked opponent in his native Samoa. His caption revealed the MPAA made the production remove a gorey scene to secure the necessary rating for a theatrical release. According to Johnson, the scene had Luke Hobbs bite out his opponent's eye and spit it out into the dirt.
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A lil’ behind the scenes taste of the HOBBS & SHAW savagery that takes place in SAMOA. This bludgeoning will be in the film, but unfortunately the scene where I bite the bad guy’s eye out and spit it on the dirt didn’t make it. MPAA ratings board forbid us to show it because it was too violent. True story. Plus, anytime you see a Samoan in a fight wearing their Lava Lava (traditional fabric I’m wearing around my waist) you know the other person is getting fucked up 🤣 HOBBS & SHAW AUGUST 2ND 🌎 #SamoanSmackdown Much love and respect to my stuntman brother @rosskohnstam who commits with no pads, takes my spine buster and smacks his head on the earth like a fucking champ.
Understandably, the theatrical ratings board found the planned scene too violent. Now, Hobbs will slam the bad guy into the ground before beating him senseless instead.
Johnson then addressed the traditional fabric outfit he and his fellow Samoans, including Roman Reigns as his brother, wear. They signify that they are tapping into their warrior spirit to unleash hell on their enemies. Judging by the video, even with the planned scene removed, Hobbs will still be hitting his foes with full force.
Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby. The film arrives on August 2.