The makers of big-budget films — including “Iron Man 3,” “World War Z” and “Top Gun: Maverick”— are pandering to the country’s authoritarian government by cutting characters and dialogue that aren’t pro-China, according to PEN America, a non-profit that promotes free speech.
Authors of the report say Tinseltown honchos are censoring themselves to ensure better movie release dates and advertising deals from the country. “Filmmakers cannot reduce their work to the lowest common denominator of only content that is deemed acceptable by one of the world’s most censorious regimes,” the report states. “Hollywood’s approach…is setting a standard for the rest of the world.”
In one example, Paramount Studio bosses allegedly demanded that dialogue about how a virus had originated in China be removed from the apocalyptic action thriller “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt, according to the report. An executive from the company later admitted the edit was made to pass China’s movie review process, according to the entertainment news site The Wrap.