Jimmy Kimmel played a clip from Sacha Baron Cohen‘s “The Brothers Grimsby” on Wednesday night, but TV viewers weren’t allowed to see it because it was so graphic.
Instead, viewers watching from home were treated to the studio audience’s reaction to a scene that almost made the new comedy NC-17. And based on the look of shock, awe and disgust on their faces, followed by some shrieking, we really, really want to see this clip now.
“We have a clip, it is unacceptable for broadcast television … but what we can do is show it to our studio audience and then the home viewers can watch the studio audience watch the clip,” said Kimmel.
“The Brothers Grimsby” stars Cohen as a football hooligan who teams up with his younger brother (Mark Strong), who is a 007-type character, for a top-secret mission. Rebel Wilson, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane and Penélope Cruz co-star in the March 11 release directed by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”).
TheWrap reached out to distributor Sony for a copy of the clip that made audiences cringe, but no luck so far.
“That was completely insane,” Kimmel said after watching it with the audience.