Last month, Martha told you how 12-year-old Dakota Fanning signed on to star in a film called Hounddog. Pic tells the story of a young girl who turns to Elvis for inspiration after suffering through a tremendous amount of abuse. Dakota Fanning? Elvis? At first, the whole thing sounds pretty cheesy. However, reports are now saying Dakota's role in the film calls for her to be -- wait for it -- "raped in one explicit scene and to appear naked or clad only in 'underpants' in several other horrifying moments." Yeah, I'll let you sit with that one for a second.
Due to the alarming subject matter, a bunch of potential investors wanted nothing to do with Hounddog. In fact, production on the film had to shut down for awhile after its funds dried up. Luckily (?), the producers located some emergency investors and Hounddog resumed filming, with a wrap scheduled for today. Based on the description of these scenes, it appears Dakota goes a bit farther than Brooke Shields and Jodie Foster did when they were that age.
Though it's been done before, I was still somewhat shocked to read Dakota's mother and agent liked the explicit scenes, thinking they had Oscar written all over them. While that may be true, who in their right mind wants to see a 12-year-old girl stripped naked and raped on screen? Would you want to pay ten bucks for that?