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The Most Controversial Scenes In Sci-Fi Movies
Star Wars
Director George Lucas stirred up a heap of “Han shot first” controversy when he re-edited the Han Solo/Greedo scene for the 1997 "Star Wars Special Edition" re-release making Greedo fire his weapon first. The debate got messier with each re-release of the film, but Lucas defended the scene, explaining that he "never designed Han to be a ruthless killer.”
A Clockwork Orange
The film provoked strong reactions when it debuted in 1971 and is one of the only mainstream successes to receive an "X" rating. However, playing "Singin' in the Rain" over one of the movie’s most disturbing scenes caused so much controversy that Kubrick asked Warner Brothers to remove the film from circulation in Britain.
Rogue One
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" used digital de-aging techniques to bring back Grand Moff Tarkin, who was played by Peter Cushing who passed away in 1994. After Lucasfilm controversially inserted Cushing’s face onto that of Guy Henry, the ethics of the technique started a fiery debate, leading people to wonder whether continuity should trump morality.
The Last Knight
"Transformers: The Last Knight" featured an alternate timeline flashback to World War II, wherein Hitler used Winston Churchill's home as his HQ. While some found draping the historical landmark in Nazi flags offensive, Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames commented that filmmakers should have the right to use a historical location for filming purposes.
Although the film features some incredibly graphic moments, it was originally even more gruesome. When director Paul Verhoeven submitted the film to the MPAA, it received an "X" rating so he was forced to trim down the film's content, namely several shots of Alex Murphy's death, in order to receive an "R" rating upon resubmission.