Why Lin-Manuel Miranda is pulling two F-bombs from big-screen 'Hamilton': It's for the kids!
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the broadway sensation 'Hamilton,' performed his final night in the title role on Saturday. It was also the final night for other members of the original cast, including Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo
Lin-Manuel Miranda will modify his Pulitzer Prize-winning two tweets Monday, the writer and star of "Hamilton," which opened on Broadway in 2015, responded to a fan worried that the film's PG-13 rating meant iconic lines had to be cut. "@Lin_Manuel hey hey so excited about Hamilton on Disney+ and OH my god I finally get to see you as A.Ham, BUT as it's rated PG-13 does that mean some (iconic) lines have been cut?? Is it changed at all?" asked Holly Harris.
Miranda offered a reassuring response, explaining he's toeing a very specific line to avoid an R rating, which comes with restrictive language – "Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian" – that could dissuade parents from letting their children watch a historical musical whose examination of race, class and the meaning of America is extremely timely in today's world.
Miranda said he will drop a couple of profanities – two of the three F-bombs in the show – because a Motion Picture Association of America rule requires an R rating if there is more than one in a film. "I literally gave two (expletives) so kids could see it," he wrote.
He goes on to explain where the two words are dropped. "In 'Yorktown,' there's a mute over 'I get the f___ back up again." In "Washington on Your Side," a longer phrase that features the word is adjusted with a sound effect to become "Southern *record scratch*kin' Democratic Republicans," he wrote.
The "FUUUU" in "Say No to This" remains in the film, he told another Twitter follower.
According to the MPAA's "Classification and Rating Rules," "A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context."
Fans, many of whom know "Hamilton" lyrics backwards and forwards from seeing and hearing the show so many times, have the creator's blessing in adding back the words when they watch: "You can sing whatEVER you like at 真人百家家乐官网网站home (even sync up the album)!"
A filmed production of the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Hamilton," starring Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, debuts on Disney+ July 3. USA TODAY
The film version of the Tony Award-winning musical, shot over three days in June 2016 with the original Broadway cast, originally was scheduled to premiere in theaters in October 2021, but Miranda and Disney announced the July streaming service date last month.
Despite the small changes, Miranda reassured fans they will get the same "Hamilton" they've seen onstage and listened to via soundtrack: "You're getting the whole show, every note & scene, & a 1-minute countdown clock during intermission (bathroom!)"