MPAA made Seth Rogen shave the pita bread’s “ballsack” to avoid NC-17 rating for Sausage Party

on August 09, 2016, 12:40am

When Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg set out to make Sausage Partytheir aim was to make the first truly adult computer animated feature film of the modern era. Limits were meant to be pushed, boundaries crossed, and filth brought to new levels of hilarity. As Rogen recently told Howard Stern on his radio program, the filmmakers fully anticipated an NC-17 rating from the MPAA on the initial cut. What they weren’t expecting was how few problems the trade associations would have.

“Our fear was that it would then create this big negotiation process where we ultimately had to butcher the fucking thing, ya know?” Rogen said of the MPAA’s first decision, which was indeed NC-17. The big point of contention was the already-infamous eight-minute long orgy scene near the end of the film. But when Robin Quivers asked if they were surprised with what the MPAA ultimately allowed for an R rating, Rogen had to laugh. “We probably added six things into the orgy that we were like, ‘OK, these are like our sacrificial lambs,'” he said. “They are the chips that we’re willing to lose. And we lost like an eighth of one of them.”

The 1/8th that was too much? “There is a pita bread and you see his ballsack in the end orgy and it had hair on it,” Rogen explained. “And they asked we remove the hair from the pita bread’s ballsack … So we digitally shaved the pita bread’s ballsack and removed the hair from it.”

Yep. One of the only things that was holding Sausage Party back from the dreaded NC-17 label was an unshaven scrotum on a pita voiced by David Krumholtz. The MPAA works in mysterious ways.

Watch Rogen explain the ratings drama above, and listen to an extended clip from The Howard Stern Show below.

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