A look at Babylon movie’s most shocking moments


The much-anticipated three-hour epic Babylon has finally been released in UK cinemas, after making headlines with a lengthy list of racy moments filling its three-hour running time.

Whether it be Margot Robbie’s fight with a rattlesnake, bloody murders, or the infamous party scene where stars including Brad Pitt engage in a drunken and drug-fuelled orgy, the film is packed with moments that will no doubt shock audiences.

So, as Babylon finally hits British screens after arriving in the US last month, MailOnline takes a look at some of the most shocking moments in Damien Chazelle’s ode to classic cinema.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BABYLON

FILTH! As Babylon finally hits UK screens , MailOnline takes a look at some of the most shocking moments in Damien Chazelle’s ode to classic cinema

Fights with a live rattlesnake

As aspiring actress Nellie LaRoy, Margot Robbie transforms into a brash and brazen party girl who isn’t shy of enjoying a wild night where alcohol and drugs are constantly on flow.

And in one particular scene, she bravely decides to start a fight with a rattlesnake, immediately encouraged by the rest of the party.

In the jaw-dropping scene Nellie is eventually bitten by the snake while attempting to wrestle it with her bare hands with the snake then severed in half. 

Insane! As aspiring actress Nellie LaRoy, Margot Robbie transforms into a brash and brazen party girl who isn't shy of enjoying a wild night where alcohol and drugs are constantly on flow

Insane! As aspiring actress Nellie LaRoy, Margot Robbie transforms into a brash and brazen party girl who isn’t shy of enjoying a wild night where alcohol and drugs are constantly on flow

I'll do it! And in one particular scene, she bravely decides to start a fight with a rattlesnake, immediately encouraged by the rest of the party

I’ll do it! And in one particular scene, she bravely decides to start a fight with a rattlesnake, immediately encouraged by the rest of the party

Naughty! Li Jun Li's character Lady Fay Zhu proceeds to suck the venom out of Nellie's neck before the pair share a steamy kiss

Naughty! Li Jun Li’s character Lady Fay Zhu proceeds to suck the venom out of Nellie’s neck before the pair share a steamy kiss

Li Jun Li’s character Lady Fay Zhu proceeds to suck the venom out of Nellie’s neck before the pair share a steamy kiss.

Margot recently discussed filming the moment with Entertainment Weekly’s Around the Table, admitting that she was nervous to record the moments where she had to use a live snake.

She said: ‘I asked the [snake wrangler] if I got bitten how long I had, because we were far away,

‘I was like, ”Well, where’s the closest hospital if I do get bit, and how long do I have before we don’t get to the hospital?” He was pretty vague on the answer, too. I was like, ”I would love some specificity on this one”.’

Devastating: Babylon isn't short of gory moments, but one of the most prominent comes at the end of the film, when Brad Pitt's character Jack Conrad realises his fame as withered away

Devastating: Babylon isn’t short of gory moments, but one of the most prominent comes at the end of the film, when Brad Pitt’s character Jack Conrad realises his fame as withered away

On the fall: Despite once being one of the biggest starts in silent cinema, his star begins to fade following the rise of the 'talkies'

On the fall: Despite once being one of the biggest starts in silent cinema, his star begins to fade following the rise of the ‘talkies’

Gory gunshots

Babylon isn’t short of gory moments, but one of the most prominent comes towards the end of the film, when Brad Pitt’s character Jack Conrad realises his fame as withered away.

Despite once being one of the biggest starts in silent cinema, his star begins to fade following the rise of the ‘talkies’ and after a lecture by her friend Elinot St John, he decides he longer wants to try and preserve his career by appearing bad films.

Following the death of his friend George Munn earlieri in the film by suicide, Jack puts a pistol to his head and tragically shoots himself.

This isn’t the only blood-stricken moment in the film, as another scene sees a hitman storming into a room and opening fire, leaving the walls splattered with blood. 

Manny Torres is also held hostage by mobster James McKay’s hitman, though when he urinates himself, the hired killer takes pity and lets him go.

RIP: Following the death of his friend George Munn earlieri in the film by suicide, Jack puts a pistol to his head and tragically shoots himself

RIP: Following the death of his friend George Munn earlieri in the film by suicide, Jack puts a pistol to his head and tragically shoots himself

Violent: This isn't the only blood-stricken moment in the film, as another scene sees a hitman storming into a room and opening fire, leaving the walls splattered with blood

Violent: This isn’t the only blood-stricken moment in the film, as another scene sees a hitman storming into a room and opening fire, leaving the walls splattered with blood

All going on! While Babylon isn't short of jaw-dropping moments, one of its highlights is an intoxicating party scene, where Nellie and Manny first meet

All going on! While Babylon isn’t short of jaw-dropping moments, one of its highlights is an intoxicating party scene, where Nellie and Manny first meet

A WILD orgy

While Babylon isn’t short of jaw-dropping moments, one of its highlights is an intoxicating party scene, where Nellie and Manny first meet, snorting cocaine together before discussing their dreams of Hollywood stardom.

The scene, which took 12 days to film, is a drug-fuelled sex-crazed orgy with an unexpected appearance by a rogue elephant.

During the scene, Nellie dances on a table in front of a group of men during the filming of a movie scene, and she lifts up of her dress and shows her underwear, before it down and exposing her breasts. 

WILD! The scene, which took 12 days to film, is a drug-fuelled sex-crazed orgy with an unexpected appearance by a rogue elephant

WILD! The scene, which took 12 days to film, is a drug-fuelled sex-crazed orgy with an unexpected appearance by a rogue elephant

Revealing! It's also packed with nudity that will no doubt shock audiences

Revealing! It’s also packed with nudity that will no doubt shock audiences

Discussing filming the scenes, Margot said: ‘It was madness!

‘These aren’t set builds, these are actual locations, and there’s not much CGI in this movie at all to speak of, so it really is immersive. You felt like you were at a party, just for a week, not a night.

‘It was just like a huge group of amazing people and all the cast in one place, which was so fun.

‘We were dancing all the time, it was loud, we’d play music in between and just keep the energy up and the dance party going. It was the best.’

Revealing! During the scene, Nellie dances on a table in front of a group of men during the filming of a movie scene, and she lifts up of her dress and shows her underwea

Revealing! During the scene, Nellie dances on a table in front of a group of men during the filming of a movie scene, and she lifts up of her dress and shows her underwea

A rogue elephant 

While Babylon is packed with racy moments, it also features several scenes that will turn fans’ stomachs, including one in the opening four minutes.

At the beginning of his Hollywood journey, Manny is working as an elephant handler, attempting to push the vast animal up the hill to a party.

The animal infamously defecates all over the handlers leaving them covered from head to toe in dung.

Speaking about the memorable opening during a Q&A with Polygon, director Damien explained: ‘Then it was this funny thing of working backward from that and actually asking, practically speaking, how do you transport an elephant to a party?

He did what? In the film's first four minutes an elephant proceeds to defecate all over its handlers while being pulled up to a party

He did what? In the film’s first four minutes an elephant proceeds to defecate all over its handlers while being pulled up to a party

‘Especially if it’s in one of the big castlelike houses at the time, out in the middle of nowhere, up on a hill — it’s as impractical as possible for getting an elephant there. And what if everything that could go wrong does go wrong? 

‘The truck driver for some reason wasn’t aware that he’s transporting an elephant, refuses to, then has to be bribed. Then they get the elephant going, but then they have to go up an insanely steep hill. Will they be able to make it? 

‘Then when it feels like things couldn’t possibly get any worse, well, that’s when the elephant suddenly has a bout of diarrhea.’

How many? As if Babylon's orgy and gory story wasn't wild enough, the film isn't short of expletives either, featuring the word 'f**'k over 160 times, and 's**t' at least 50 times

How many? As if Babylon’s orgy and gory story wasn’t wild enough, the film isn’t short of expletives either, featuring the word ‘f**’k over 160 times, and ‘s**t’ at least 50 times

Daring: It's no surprise, especially as director Damien Chazelle admitted he wanted to remove the rose tinted spectacles from history

Daring: It’s no surprise, especially as director Damien Chazelle admitted he wanted to remove the rose tinted spectacles from history

Three hours of profanities 

As if Babylon’s orgy-filled and gory story wasn’t wild enough, the film isn’t short of expletives either, featuring the word ‘f**’k over 160 times, and ‘s**t’ at least 50 times.

It’s not surprise given its graphic nature that Babylon is full of such content, especially as Damien admitted he wanted to remove the rose tinted spectacles that have been placed on Hollywood history.

‘It’s a quaintness that has really warped our perception of what was actually a really transgressive, radical, wild, filthy, insane time,’ he said.

Babylon is out in UK cinemas now.

It's out! Babylon is out in UK cinemas now

It’s out! Babylon is out in UK cinemas now



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