Waters' latest gets NC-17 rating

May 14, 2004 at 3:39 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- John Waters' film "A Dirty Shame" has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, Zap2it.com reported Friday.

Starring Johnny Knoxville, Tracey Ullman, Selma Blair and Chris Isaak, the film was written and directed by the Baltimore creator of "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "Cry Baby."

"('A Dirty Shame' is) about a town full of sexual deviants, and they battle the neuters for control of the town," Knoxville recently told reporters. "And I play the head sexual deviant."

Despite the "Jackass" star's own reputation for outrageous antics, Knoxville said he was surprised when Waters first approached him about the project.

"He invited me to lunch about two and a half years ago and said ... he's writing the character for me and would I be interested?" Knoxville recalled. "Then he pulled out all these fetish mags and goes, 'By the way -- this is what it's about.'"

An NC-17 rating means anyone age 17 and under will be denied admission.

"A Dirty Shame" is the third film this year to be rated NC-17.

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