Sausage Party, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “R-rated Cheech and Chong take on Toy Story 3,” came out this week. But getting the film commissioned was not easy. The script was written way back in 2010, but no studio would touch it with a barge pole. That was until 2013 when Annapurna Pictures decided to co-finance the film, with Sony Pictures distributing. But, the production company would only front them $19 million budget (Kung Fu Panda 3 – starring Rogen – cost $145m, by way of comparison).
However, the lack of investment meant that Goldberg and Rogen were largely left to do whatever they wanted, including kinky food orgies and naming a tampon character “Camille Toe.” But even they had limits.
Here are some of the things that were cut from the final movie:
-A scene where Nick Kroll’s villain, Douche, was “fingering [a] rat’s, um… well… he was fingering the rat’s butthole” before placing the digit in the mouth of Kareem Abdul Lavash (David Krumholtz). This was swiftly removed after a disastrous test screening.
-Lavash “sacrific[ing] himself by forcing his body down the throat of a rabbi.” before bursting out of the rabbi’s stomach, Alien-style. Even Sacha Baron Cohen winced at this one. “We achieved a life goal: We made Sacha Baron Cohen uncomfortable. It was the best,” said Goldberg.
–Sausage Party is rated R, but the MPAA originally gave it a NC-17, which would be disastrous for ticket sales. What did they have to change? “There is a pitta bread and you see his ballsack in the end orgy and it had hair on it,” Rogen said. “And they asked we remove the hair from the pitta bread’s ballsack… So we digitally shaved the pitta bread’s ballsack and removed the hair from it.”