McClane’s Profane; Dakota’s Naked. Hooray?

Written by Steve Pauwels on February 22, 2013

526px-BruceWillisLFDHpremiere07America’s economic implosion grinds torturously on. Sensationalistic murders capture our attention (Newtown, Dorner, Pistorious).Malign Iran is chasing nukes, crazy North Korea testing them. Lots of unambiguous crises, no doubt, to occupy hearts and minds. 

Don’t lose hope, however! Scraps of buoying news are emerging from the quarters of moviedom: John McClane’s full-throated, mother-violating profanity is back! And Dakota Fanning has “gotten nekkid” on film! 

In the Die Hard franchise’s just released fifth installment (A Good Day to Die Hard), Bruce Willis’ indelible title character, John McClane, dredges up from the first three films his signature “Yipee-ki-yay m***er-f****er”. Obscenity-enthusiasts can jubilate: Willis’ fictional New York City cop goes full-F-bomb-monty after, scandalously, managing only an amended version in number four’s Live Free or Die Hard

Admittedly, while Good Day has opened to uniformly scorching reviews, some fans, apparently, take comfort in the unveiled resurrection of McClane’s matriarch-referencing/cowboy-movie-yodeling/tough-guy-cussing mash-up.

A Good Day to Die Hard  is not just a name, it’s a proclamation that this series is now ready for the graveyard,” snarks‘s Kofi Outlaw. “By the time Willis utters his trademark catch phrase, the movie’s action has jumped the shark, strangled it, and surfed it back to shore.”  

If you’ve been out of the film-chat-room loop, you’re likely unaware Detective McClane’s bowdlerized, insufficiently explicit utterance in 2009’s Live Free generated quite the foofaraw. That gripe, in tandem with the flick’s slightly toned-down violence (qualifying it for a PG-13 rating), threatened Hollywood blog sites with a cyber-riot from those ticket-buyers who’ll only take their John McClanes foul-mouthed and their Die Hard sequels hard “R”. 

Well, GDDH presumably delivers both. 

All is well with the world. 

Still, if those Tinsel-Town tidings prove inadequately reassuring, there’s more breaking, silver-screen news: formerly angelic child-star Dakota Fanning, previously dazzling in film’s like Man on Fire (2004) and War of the Worlds (2005), in her upcoming Very Good Girls confirms she’s all growed-up: enacting her first cinematic nude scene. Sporting the increasingly musty, “losing-one’s-virginity” plot-line,  Fanning’s latest offering reportedly features her in a graphic love scene with co-star Boyd Holbrook. 

The Sun breathlessly informs, “Dakota competes with a friend … to bed Boyd in the steamy drama … And she obviously won the battle — stripping and showing off her bare bum as she romps with Boyd’s character.” 

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Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH and host of Striker Radio with Steve Pauwels on the Red State Talk Radio Network. He's also husband to the lovely Maureen and proud father of three fine sons: Mike, Sam and Jake.