By Jeff Labrecque
Updated January 10, 2015 at 05:35 PM EST
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The Interview

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When Sony reversed course and released The Interview, the provocative comedy that had become a serious lightning rod for its skewering of North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong-un, at least one change had already been made to diminish the odds of aggravating an already precarious political situation. Kim’s death scene—an up-close explosion in a helicopter—was tinkered with to tamper down disturbing elements. But some tabloids reported that the filmmakers were also pressured to remove certain jokes and other footage—including a gay orgy—to secure the Christmas release.

Not so, according to Zene Baker and Evan Henke, the two editors who cut the film. “That [gay orgy] sequence never made it to principal photography,” Baker told CineMontage, the Editors Guild’s industry magazine. “The scene never existed other than in the draft of the script that got leaked.”

Though the editors acknowledge that they did revise the death scene so that Kim didn’t resemble the melting villains at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, they insist even that was a creative choice by the filmmakers. “There was absolutely no censorship on the movie in editorial,” said Baker. “We knew that there would always be controversy, but there never was a moment when anyone said, ‘We need to scale this back,’ or ‘You have to cut this down, you have to take this joke out, that’s too offensive; none of that happened.'”

That stance, however, is directly contradicted by the leaked Sony emails between Seth Rogen and high-level studio executives, who were fretting about the film’s gory finale as far back as the summer of 2014.

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