Fanning you may remember is the angelic 12 year-old that most recently starred along side Tom Cruise in Speilberg's remake of War of the Worlds.
According to the June 6th issue of Variety, the film is set in the South in 1961 and revolves around a precocious girl who overcomes the negative effects of abuse by singing and dancing like Elvis. In the past two days other news sources have been reporting news of Fannning being naked in the film and of investors backing out and halting production.
I live where this film is being shot. I am good friends of people that told me about this early on and refused to work on this film because of the script calling for the graphic portrayal of a child being brutally raped. I am also friends of people less judgmental that worked on the production and they have kept me well informed.
The director's prior movie was about a child being raped. This, her second movie, is about the rape of a child. The script called for a graphic portrayal of the violent act. Basically Dakota Fanning pretended to be raped. And basically that is against the law.
There is a law (NCGS 14-190.16 (a) (4)) in North Carolina which states that it shall be the First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a serious Felony Offense in which records, photographs, films, develops, or duplicates for sale or pecuniary gain material that contains a visual representation depicting a minor engaged in sexual activity.
When Hollywood talks a child into taking her clothes off, allowing herself to be pawed, groped, licked, and humped while crying, pleading, struggling and ultimately yielding in front of a camera over and over again, take after take, it is called potential Oscar material, when Chester the Molester does it in his basement he goes to jail. Go figure.
Now that the world (NY Daily News, Orlando Sentinel, ABC News Australia) are beginning to catch on to this story we may see some action by law enforcement.
The investors pulled out of this after reviewing the dailies and objecting to the graphic violence captured on film, just like Ted Turner did when he saw the clips from Bastard out of Carolina, another film shot in Wilmington about a child being raped.
We have been warning folks about this before filming began. But some people do not see a victim, they see a movie star, a cash cow.
I see it as a child pretending to be raped on film for money.
What's wrong with that? Plenty!
Just ask Jodie Foster and Charlize Theron about how traumatic it was for them, as adults, to pretend to be raped.
Better yet why not go up to a 12 year-old girl and her mother in your local shopping mall, ask the girl if she would let you film her naked while she pretended to be raped, check your watch, then wait to see how long it will take for the police to cart your ass off to jail.
It just isn't right!