Mrs Doubtfire: The two scenes removed for being too heartbreaking for families

Jacob Stolworthy
·1 min read
 (Rex Features)
(Rex Features)

Mrs Doubtfire almost featured two scenes that were removed for being too heartbreaking for audiences.

The Robin Williams, whose US release arrived 27 years ago this week, follows Daniel Hillard, a divorced actor who disguises himself as the titular housekeeper in order to spend time with his children in the custody of his ex-wife (Sally Field).

While the 1993 film has its fair share of emotional scenes, Mrs Doubtfire is primarily remembered for being light-hearted entertainment, led superbly by the brilliant Williams and director Chris Columbus (Home Alone, the first two Harry Potter films).

This very nearly wasn’t the case as these two deleted scenes show.

One clip shows their daughter, Lydia (Lisa Jakub), participating in a spelling bee before being distracted by her parents bickering in the crowd.

Outside, she wonders why her parents can’t just “pretend” to love each other – watch the scene above.

More deleted footage depicts an extremely brutal argument between the parents through the eyes of their children.

It’s genuinely tough to watch and could potentially hit extremely close to home for some.

Watch this particular moment below.

While the classic moments would have remained hilarious if these scenes had found their way into the finished film, it’s difficult to imagine laughing quite so hard if they were there.

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