McG revealed last year that there would be a scene in Terminator Salvation that involves Blair Williams, played by Moon Bloodgood, being topless in the rain. Recently at WonderCon ComingSoon got the chance to speak to the actress, and she said the scene had more of a deeper meaning, rather than simply doing it to show off some skin.
It’s not like we’re trying to be shallow, it’s like who cares? I fight so much against nudity, but I’m a woman, I have boobs, it’s a beautiful shot. It wasn’t at all gratuitous. I’m not afraid to say ‘no.’ I would have said, ‘No, I’m not doing it,’ and I’ve done that, but it was beautiful. Did you ever just want to get naked and connect to someone? Imagine the world is coming to an end and you just want to connect with someone and you’re like, ‘I don’t care.'”
But will the scene make it into the final cut? Terminator Salvation has a huge toy deal so will Warner Bros be aiming for a PG-13 rating in the US?
We never once gave a thought to rating. Do you think Christian would go in and go, ‘I need to tailor my performance to hit a rating.’ He didn’t want to do that, I didn’t want to do that. We would never do that. Now having said that, should the film be PG-13? ‘The Dark Knight’ is PG-13 and I would regard that as made without compromise.”
If McG is toying with the idea of a possible topless scene certainly that would be a part of the factor that goes into the rating though, right? “But it wasn’t a function of the rating. It was a function of whether it’s gratuitous or is it servicing the story? Sometimes, you want to say that the softness of the human flesh is one of the things we’re fighting for. It’s decidedly human and it’s not like the machines. Or does it just feel like a juvenile moment in an otherwise very serious film?” (McG also cited the beautiful scene of Kate Winslet’s Rose posing for Leo in the nude in James Cameron’s Titanic, which was in fact PG-13.)
If the scene does get removed I would prefer the reason being that it doesn’t fit with the flow of the story, rather than to get a lower rating for the McDonald’s tie in.