(LOS ANGELES) -- As the director of W.E., Madonna had to make some tough choices -- including cutting her own daughter out of the film.
The Queen of Pop tells MTV she cast Lourdes as a younger version of Abbie Cornish's character, a woman in the present day who's interested in the forbidden romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.
Madonna says, "She was really great and then I ended up cutting her out of the film. Ruthless, I know."
She recalls, "I said, 'Sorry babe, you're on the cutting room floor.' She took it like a champ."
W.E. debuts in limited release Friday.
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