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An Actor From 'Handmaid's Tale' Fought To Get A "Brutal" Scene Removed

Jake Bean 13 Aug 2019

Wow! Can you believe it? There was a scene that was too brutal for The Handmaid's Tale!

Well, I guess we should probably try to find out what it was, shouldn't we?

It's been hard for HBO fans.

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Ever since the golden messiah was sacrificed upon the altar of its eighth season, things have been a little tough.

It's alright, mourn as much as you need too.

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But it's not all bad!

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There's Euphoria, which has really been taking the world by storm.

If you're into a bunch of weird kids doing weird drugs, you can watch that. Or you can just wait for Westworld, your call.

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Or hey...

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There is another show on HBO that is based on a book, is set in an alternate (or possibly future, oooooh) version of earth, and has all sorts of traumatizing scenes just like that other show.

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It's 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

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It's a great show that is based off an even better Margaret Atwood book, and it's worth a watch if you have the time.

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The show is dark and dystopian.

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And while that may be far off from the fantasy that you're used too, dystopian settings are just as interesting because they show us what our world could be.

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And in a lot of ways it's a pretty traumatizing show.

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They don't just go the "Walking naked and having people throw stuff at you route, either".

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As for detail I can't really go into it here (this is a family website, after all).

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However, I can tell you that there is something to do with a baby and a lot of near-death experiences.

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But there was one scene that we were spared, luckily, because it all honestly sounded pretty darn brutal.

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Yes, even for you, Game Of Thrones, and I know you've been through a whole lot.

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One scene involved some pretty brutal sexual assault that was eventually cut from the series.

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That's surprising considering sexual assault is one of the most prevalent things in The Handmaid's Tale.

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And we can thank actor Joseph Fiennes for sparing us from this scene.

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All right, all together now, yes you too in the back.

Ready, one... two... three: "thank you actor Joseph Fiennes".

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Joseph plays Commander Fred Waterford.

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An esteemed commander in the authoritarian, patriarchal society of Gilead and the head of the household where June get enslaved and turned into Offred.

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His character was supposed to be going to D.C. when Joseph's character was supposed to sexually assault his wife, Serena Joy.

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However, Joseph fought hard to get this scene taken out.

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He deemed that the whole thing was unnecessary.

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In an interview with The Guardian that his wife's character had gone through such an arc that a rape scene would've (and I'm paraphrasing here) kind of ruined it.

He didn't need to add more misogyny.

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Also...

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He commented on how despicable his character was, saying:

"Really, Fred is pathetic. His voicelessness – that, for me, describes the man. There are brutal acts he didn't command to happen, but he didn't stand up.

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What do you think?

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Is that a scene you might have wanted to see (for some very well explained reason)? Or are you glad that they cut it out of the final product?

I think I'm with the latter.

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