‘Bones and All’: Director Luca Guadagnino Said He Had ‘Way More’ Gory Footage of Cannibalism That He Cut From the Final Film

‘Bones And All’ stars Luca Guadagnino’s prior collaborators Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Chloë Sevigny

Bones And All tells the story of Lee and Maren, two runaways who fall in love and share a taste for human flesh. As they journey across the ’80s Midwest, the pair meet others with cannibalistic compulsions. 

He also called on previous collaborators Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) and Chloë Sevigny (We Are Who We Are). 

“It’s not as if I left Timothée at the height of his booming success, and then I found him four years later,” the director told IndieWire. “We kept close. I knew that there was not much time to wait until we worked together, but only for the right project.”

While some were drawn to this offbeat approach to portraying cannibalism on screen, others were turned off by the violence. However, Guadagnino claims the gore shown on screen could have been much worse:

Luca Guadagnino reveals there was ‘way more’ gore in cut scenes

Fans of Guadagnino can’t wait to see the divisive Bones And All. The movie is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on November 23. 

“We had way more. shot so much more, but in the editing process, my editor and I were always clear that we should never be selfish about our capacity to portray horror. There was a lot of pain that was happening to the characters, a kind of sacred reverence. It was quite beautiful, humbling, reverential.”

“[We Are Who We Are] hit me so deeply,” she told Indie Wire. “He’s on my list of directors where the best possible outcome would be me working with him. It could’ve been any film, and I would’ve done it with Luca.”

Why Taylor Russell wanted to work with Luca Guadagnino

Bones and All stars Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell film an emotional scene
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Playing the part of Maren is Taylor Russell, who made a splash with her role in 2019’s Waves. Russell was a fan of Guadagnino before being cast, particularly of his HBO miniseries We Are Who We Are

“It felt very punk and authentic to just say, ‘F*ck everything, this is the reality of these people and it’s about love.’ At the end of the day, all of Luca’s movies are about that — love of people on the outside. This is an extreme version of that, but because it’s an extreme version, you really sink into it. I wasn’t worried about the cannibalism.” 

She also spoke about Guadagnino’s commitment to showing cannibalism in a sympathetic light:

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