Watchmen's Rape Scene Is Intact... And Violent

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Worry not, fans of brutal superheroes: The rape that's central to Watchmen's complex character dynamics will be featured in the movie without any censorship. Maybe just the opposite, in fact.

Talking to MTV, Jeffrey Dean Morgan - who plays the Comedian in Zack Snyder's movie adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic comic - said that the scene where his character is discovered raping Carla Gugino's Silk Spectre wasn't an easy one to shoot:

It was a three-day process shooting that particular scene, and it was hard... It was three of the hardest days of filming I have ever had to do. It was really very violent.

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Violent, you may be thinking? Wasn't it kind of... understated in the original comic? Well, yes, but certain liberties have to be taken in adapting things into movies, Morgan explained:

When you're looking at the comic book you only get a couple panels so there is a lot of stuff there that needs to be filled in, so we fill in the blanks there between three and four panels, and it turns out to be one hell of a violent scene. And it's all intact, [Hooded Justice] comes in and interrupts the attempted rape - it's all there. We stayed very loyal to it, and I haven't actually seen the scene yet, but I did see a piece of playback when we were filming it and it's a lot... It's rated ‘R' for a reason.

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Call it a suspicious nature, but the glibness of "it's rated 'R' for a reason" (or, for that matter, Gugino calling the scene "pretty crazy" last year) concerns me for some reason. Am I really the only one who's worried that "filling in" things between panels is going to equal a glossy, sensationalistic gratuitous scene in this case..?

‘Watchmen' Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan On Film's Rape Scene: ‘It's Rated ‘R' For A Reason' [MTV Splash Page]

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Graeme, you're not alone. It sounds like quintessential Snyder to me.

so we fill in the blanks there between three and four panels...it turns out to be one hell of a violent scene...We stayed very loyal to it, and I haven't actually seen the scene yet, but I did see a piece of playback when we were filming it and it's a lot...

By staying loyal, he means completely toss out any further ramifications the scene has on its characters and the story, and just have 'hot' S&M groping/sex. Just like in 300.

Did Day of the Dead have a rough sex scene as well? Is there something Snyder needs to go to therapy for?

There was a reason it wasn't overly graphic in the comic, and it wasn't ratings. Didn't you wonder why you kinda felt bad for the Comedian at the end of the story? Maybe because he wasn't a brutally violent rapist? Just a...what do people call it now? grey rape? I mean, not to diminish rape, but by the end of the comic, Sally Jupiter didn't hate the Comedian, and he didn't think of himself as having completely violated her.

Not to mention, at some point either before or after, they did have further relations. Or maybe that's just my coloured memory of it. I always saw this scene as an attempted rape scene. Yes, brutal, but not to the point where we think the Comedian is an unrepentant villian, which he very well might be...

Nevertheless, it's complicated, and you don't need to throw the handcart in the basket heading straight to hell. Using an overly brutal rape scene will hit the shock value everyone wants, but taken with the rest of the tale, it definitely will imply a hell of a lot about the inner workings of the creators' minds.