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Universal Trims La Toya Jackson from Bruno

by Anne Thompson
June 26, 2009 1:32 AM
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The day that Michael Jackson died, Universal execs realized that they had to make a change in Bruno. Fast. They called writer-producer-star Sacha Baron Cohen, who instantly agreed that a short scene with Michael Jackson's sister, La Toya, was no longer going to play. Not that night.

So director Larry Charles snipped the scene in which Bruno asks Jackson for her brother's phone number. When the movie unspooled to a celebrity-studded crowd Thursday night at Hollywood Boulevard's Mann's Chinese, La Toya Jackson was not in the movie. Universal execs say they will "reassess" whether to keep the scene--they have two weeks before they will strike prints for the film's national release.


UPDATE: The filmmakers have decided to permanently delete the scene from the film.


originally posted at Variety.com

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