I've been following the comments on this blog as well as our IMDB board and noticed that some people have gotten it in their head that somehow I orchestrated this controversy from the start. If you don’t mind, I’d like to offer the following thoughts in my defense:
1. I'm not that clever. You have to keep in mind that when I came to explain the projection error after the screening, I thought it was hilarious. Of course, the one moment to be missing was a scene featuring Katie in the act. I made reference to it in jest. It wasn't 'til 48 hours later that the press suddenly decided to make a story out of this.
2. Anyone looking for some action will be very disappointed by the twelve seconds at the end of reel two. There is no nudity. It's not even remotely sexual. It's a comedic moment with some humping in the background that is undercut by humorous voice over. If I really made this all up, I’d only be setting people up for disappointment.
3. I don't have access to the print. I know this sounds ridiculous, but in the modern era of piracy, the studio keeps enormous security around the print. An armed guard from Fox arrives with the print one hour before the screening and sits in the projection booth throughout the show. Then promptly returns it to Fox. It would take Oceans 11 to hijack the reel.
Most importantly, I really like Katie. She’s just a sweetheart and was nothing but professional and lovely on set. I couldn’t be happier with her performance and I’m thrilled to have her in the film. It kills me every time she gets crucified in the press and I’d never want to add to that muck.
My problem is that what we’re dealing with is a mundane projection issue due to a cut to black that occurs between the reel change marks. It’s the truth and it sounds like a lie.
Anyhow, if you feel like promoting further rumors, knock yourself out. I suppose it only provides more publicity for the film and more importantly, I find it incredibly entertaining….
In fact, please submit the most outlandish version of events you can come up with to this blog in the comments section. Astound me with your conspiracy theories. I’ve certainly heard some interesting ones over the last few days. Would love to hear what you can come up with.