By a Provencal mile, the most controversial film in Cannes is Paperboy from Lee Daniels, the director of Precious. Nothing else even comes close. Based on a darkly comic novel by Pete Dexter, it all unspools as a wild, unhinged southern gothic potboiler that upends whatever notions you may hold about four major Hollywood actors. Matthew McConaghey plays the investigative journalist with a raw sexual secret—and his character is investigating the story of Nicole Kidman's "sexed-up Barbie," a bodacious, horny gal who gets off on writing sexed-up letters to violent convicts. Zac Efron plays McConaghey's younger, tightie-whitie-wearing brother, a naïve horndog who falls for the babe, despite the fact that she's getting married to a swamp-dwelling racist psychopath. Many critics who were expecting another Precious have been disappointed. Others are embracing the film as an instant trash-cinema cult-classic. Everyone is arguing, but one thing is clear: When Matthew McConaghey does violent on-screen bondage, or Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron to heal his character's jellyfish wound, it's news. In Cannes, GQ asked Lee Daniels to explain the festival's wildest film.
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