Jennifer's New Film Is A Big 'R'

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Synopsis: Jennifer Lopez gets her share of gossip about her personal life, but the singer-actress knows that her next movie, The Cell, due August 18, will provoke a blaze of criticism. 


In her new sci-fi thriller, Jennifer is a scientist who needs to literally get inside the mind of a comatose serial killer, but the real meat and potatoes of the film is the bizarre fantasy segments, according to Mr. Showbiz.  

This is when the heat is turned on. 

In one scene, Lopez appears as the Virgin Mary; in another, she’s wearing skimpy dominatrix gear.  

“We are going to get a lot of stick for this,” Lopez told today’s London Express. “There were days when I’d think, ‘are we going to get away with this stuff?’ It’s very extreme.”  

Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays the villain of the movie, agrees with Lopez. 

D’Onofrio told Entertainment Weekly, “we’re going to get a lot of s--t for this. People are going to vomit.”  

The director, first-timer Tarsem, who’s dropped his last name of Dhandwar, also told EW, “this material’s very harsh. I wanted the audience to know the cutting edge, and slice its hand on it.” 

One of the literally stomach-churning scenes is when Killer D’Onofrio plays one of his victims’ intestines like a harp.  

“People are going to be dead silent or laughing their a---s off, or both, when they see that,” said Tarsem.  

Well, the MPAA has already spoken. The Cell is rated R for “bizarre, violent, and sexual images, nudity and language”— 

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