Audiences who saw Britney Spears’s movie Crossroads this weekend can tell you that she didn’t bare anything that hasn’t been seen before. What moviegoers don’t know is that Spears was actually filmed baring her breasts, but that footage was not included the final cut.
Spears and her Crossroads co-stars Taryn Manning (Crazy/Beautiful) and Zoe Saldana (Get Over It) were approached by the film’s screenwriter, Shonda Rhimes, to help come up with a scene to depict the girls’ joy at winning a New Orleans karaoke contest and its prize money. The actresses put their minds to the task and decided that flashing sounded like a realistic way to celebrate.
“You know the writer, Shonda (Rhimes)? She said, ‘What’s something crazy that you would do with your friends?’ you know, and we’re, like, ‘Oh, flash people.’ But we got to write that scene in, but it got cut. We flashed, like, when we were at the hotel celebrating, you know?,” Manning says.
Saldana adds, “In New Orleans.” Manning continues, “These girls start drinking too much, so we end up going down the hall and flashing a couple doors, but it didn’t make it in the movie.”
According to Saldana, all three of the film’s protagonists, including Spears, took part in the flashing action. But in the end, the Crossroads creative team decided to leave the footage on the editing-room floor. Crossroads, sans bare breasts, is now playing in theaters nationwide.