Date: 9th April 2001
Makers of the movie PLANET OF THE APES (2001) have decided against any cross-species love scenes - because censors feel it would be like bestiality.
Director TIM BURTON wanted MARK WAHLBERG's astronaut character to get intimate with HELENA BONHAM CARTER's simian princess.
The scene was to take place after Wahlberg and the she-ape escaped to the film's desolate Forbidden Zone. But executives at movie studio FOX, which is producing the film, said no to any kind of inter-species romance - because it would be sure to upset movie watchdogs.
A movie source says, "Fox thought American audiences would recoil and that the movie would get an NC-17 rating. That would kill the movie for kids." (SVD/WNWC/NFA)