"Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls" director Paul Verhoeven believes that his movies either don't get made or don't make any money not because they suck, but because George W. Bush is our President:
"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."
George, you magnificent bastard, where do you find the time? On top of conducting a war and leading the free world, you still find time to save us from more crap like "Showgirls." For that, we as a people are in your debt. (And I'm not even going to get into the brilliance of Verhoeven's first statement; as anyone even passingly familiar with the Internet knows, it's impossible to find anything erotic whatsoever in cyberspace.) Perhaps Verhoeven should go back to his home country, where he can make any kind of film he wants without fear of reprisals by religious groups.
Some producers get it, though, like Mark Damon and JC Spink:
[Damon] stopped producing sex-steeped dramas because "I didn't find any scripts that were worth producing. The genre had exhausted itself."
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For producer JC Spink, the genre's demise has little to do with politics, scripts or willing talent and everything to do with the Internet, which became ubiquitous in American homes around the same time studio executives were suffering through such debacles as "Body of Evidence," "Showgirls" and "Jade."
"Why pay $10 to see something at the movies that you can see for free on the Internet?" Spink asked. "I think the genre is suffering because sex is more pervasive in our society now than it was 10 years ago, from Vanity Fair ads to reality TV. I mean, there's porn stars on reality TV."
Amen, brother. If I want to see a stranger's cooch, I can do that in the privacy of my own home for nothing. Even 47 year-old cooch like Sharon Stone's (not that I'd want to, but if that's your thing there are websites out there specializing in that type of action).
UPDATE: Dave at Garfield Ridge has similar thoughts, which are much more thorough than my own.