Director Steven Soderbergh vowed Monday to appeal a restrictive R rating the Motion Picture Assn. of America has assigned to his outer-space romantic drama, "Solaris," for "some sexuality/nudity." Two scenes depict actor George Clooney's naked backside.
"We all agreed that we are not going to cut the film," Soderbergh said, referring to executives at 20th Century Fox, which plans to open the movie Nov. 27.
"We've seen scenes like this on network television," Soderbergh noted by phone from New Orleans, where he is mixing the film's soundtrack. "Believe me, there is nothing here that is worse than what has been on 'NYPD Blue' " on ABC.
The Oscar-winning director of "Traffic" said the scenes in question are not really sexual. In one, Clooney and co-star Natascha McElhone, who plays Clooney's wife, are shown slow-dancing in an extremely darkened room, "shot from 70 feet away."In another shot, he said, they are in bed on their stomachs, talking. " "Again, it's night and very dark."