The Scandinavian director insists attempts to clean up the media after Clinton's romance with Monica Lewinsky and Jackson's breast-baring scandal at the 2004 Super Bowl have cost harmless films, like Casanova, the chance to get fairer ratings.
He says, "Casanova is 'R' rated, which is such a stupid American thing.
"For this film, I think the Motion Picture Association of America had a problem with the under-the-table scene (in which an underage teenager frolics with Casnova Heath Ledger's manhood during a ball).
"So it got an 'R', which is a pretty dramatic decision and the wrong one. It made this whole thing escalate after Clinton and (Janet) Jackson showing one tit at a football game.
"Had this film been made a few years ago it would've been rated PG-13."