Sat, Feb 15, 2003

Affleck's Daredevil banned in Malaysia

Colin Farrell as Bullseye in Daredevil
Malaysian film censors have banned Ben Affleck's latest film, 'Daredevil', for being too violent.

The film, which also stars Irishman Colin Farrell and 'Alias' actress Jennifer Garner, is based on a Marvel comic character who is a blind lawyer by day and a vigilante superhero at night.

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Chor Chee Heung, said that films were only banned if they contained "excessive violence and sexual material or elements which can create chaos in the community".

The ban could have little effect as pirated VCD and DVD copies of the film are already available across Malaysia.

The film's studio, Twentieth Century Fox, has appealed the decision of the Film Censorship Board.

Malaysia has a history of censoring American television programmes and films such as 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' and two episodes of comedy sitcom 'Friends'.

'Daredevil' opens in Ireland and across the US today.