Mrs Doubtfire director confirms there's another version of the film

Daniella Scott
·2-min read
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

From Cosmopolitan

Mrs Doubtfire director Chris Columbus has confirmed that there are other versions of the 1993 film, including an R-rated one, after a tweet about possible other versions went viral last week.

It all began when a fan found a 2015 interview with Columbus where he referenced other versions of the film, saying that thanks to Robin Williams' love of improv producers ended up with several cuts of Mrs Doubtfire, including an NC-17 version (the US equivalent of a UK 18).

Quickly a tweet about the other versions went viral, gaining 26,000 likes in just a few days. Clearly, people really wanted to know if there really were multiple Mrs Doubtfires and if so, will they ever be released?

Eventually, Columbus himself responded to the rumours, confirming that while no NC-17 version exists, there are three other cuts of Mrs Doubtfire, including an R-rated one.

"The reality is that there was a deal between Robin and myself, which was, he'll do one or two, three scripted takes. And then he would say, 'Then let me play.' And we would basically go on anywhere between 15 to 22 takes, I think 22 being the most I remember," Columbus told Entertainment Weekly.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Columbus says that Williams came up with new lines for every single take: "He would sometimes go into territory that wouldn't be appropriate for a PG-13 movie, but certainly appropriate and hilariously funny for an R-rated film. I only [previously] used the phrase NC-17 as a joke. There could be no NC-17 version of the movie."

As a result Columbus ended up with "three or four versions of the film," and the good news is that he's open to releasing them.

"I would be open to maybe doing a documentary about the making of the film, and enabling people to see certain scenes re-edited in an R-rated version," he said.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

"The problem is, I don't recall most of it," he continued. "I only know what's in the movie at this point because it's been a long time. But I do remember it was outrageously funny material."

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