He told us that during a sex scene in bed with a hot blonde, he, ahem, rose to the occasion. She was disgusted and stormed off set, and the crew were equally unimpressed because they had to set it up and do it all over again.
The crew were used to actors pretending, not actually getting physically ready to do the deed. This was plain-old-free-to-air-tv though, not an edgy movie. If you're "aroused," it's unprofessional; if not, it's a case of "What, I'm not arousing enough for you? But here's the only article I have time to find at the moment. It was a mainstream film - by which I mean not pornography or a R, it was still very much an arthouse film.
The segment has similar questions as this post and went sort of behind the scenes with a no name movie that had a sex scene, talking with the director, actor and actress. It all came off as a production trying to get some free publicity, but what I remember most is something the actress and actor said and did as the camera recorded them walking towards the set of the sex scene: The actress was feeding a handful of mints to herself and the actor with one hand, while carrying a large bag of mints in the other.
I wouldn't rush to add it to your queue. It's long been the rumor that the sex was genuine, though it's never been confirmed, one way or the other. It's certainly graphic enough to have been real and, in fact, earned an initial X rating, before the director made substantial cuts to the scene in order to get the rating down to an R for release.
The DVD contains the uncut version. Or is it just convincing smoke and mirrors? What about acts that fall short of full on intercourse, such as oral sex or passionate kissing over various non-genital erogenous zones: Generally, intercourse is fake, oral sex is fake with exceptions noted above , kissing non-genital areas is real. Salon had a great series about the making of the movie Shortbus. Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3. Don't Look Now is a classic movie which also features allegedly unsimulated sex.
The two are pros, so fairly nonchalant, but also attracted to each other for real, so it's kind of awkward in a sweet way. Not exactly what you asked, but a bit of a fictionalized window into the process. If you can get hold of a physical copy of the magazine, the article is really good, and I don't even give a damn about True Blood. He was trying to joke about it by telling the actress he appologized in advance if he became arroused but also appologized if he didn't become aroused.
I also remember him saying he stole the joke from Sean Connery. Sex scenes aren't done in front of hundreds of crew members how would we all fit?? Hair, makeup, wardrobe and lighting stand nearby ready to come back in as needed. This is done for respect to the actors, and also I suspect to keep grainy cellphone pics of what may be someones left nip from appearing on the Internet.
These scenes aren't usually sexy to watch, for a variety of reasons. Real sex takes a while, movie sex might be on screen for 60 seconds. Therefore, a sex scenes goes like this: It might take an hour to shoot the scene, might take six hours.
Remember that most movies are shot with a single camera, so every new angle involves stopping everything, putting robes on the actors, moving the camera, changing the lights, swapping a lens, and so on. It would be hard to maintain any level of arousal through all that, I think. Could even be that if most of their bodies are under the covers, they are wearing their pants the whole time. If more is seen, a girl might wear a nude colored thong, maybe nipple pasties.
Guys mostly just wear regular underwear, but if we see their butt, they will be wearing a "cock-sock," which looks like a tiny nude colored bathing cap that covers the area. Nothing sexy about any of this, so far. These types of scenes are very mechanical and involve lots of apologies and jokes to ease the obvious tension. I shot a sex scene with a famous actress who had recently given birth and she apologized to the crew during the scene, saying "I'm sorry about my boobs.
I'm breastfeeding, so you know, they are all vein-y. Jesus, they look like the Hulk's forearms. Lots of movie sex looks fake because directors are terrified of getting an NC rating, which often signals commercial death because many theaters won't show an NC movie.
There are bizarre unwritten rules like "showing more than one thrust gets you NC". Under these rules, there's an incentive not to make sex look very real, to the point that having actual sex on the set might be avoided just on the grounds that it's too convincing. I know that there was a lot of sputter and outrage in the media about it, but if you check out her IMDB page you can see that she has worked consistently since then, on projects large and small, indie and otherwise.
Last year she won a Golden Globe. Sevigny has never aspired to broad-spectrum appeal, so the only roles she may have edged herself out of getting are ones that she never would have pursued in the first place. I know that there was a lot of sputter and outrage in the media about it, This is usually a reference to her having been dropped by William Morris Agency at the time, I think.
You're right that her resume shows she weathered the storm, though the business with Gallo and The Brown Bunny is still one of the first things many people think of when her name is mentioned. On the bonus features for the disc it's interesting when they talk about filming the sex--Oshima would make everyone he possibly could do without leave the set, it was surprisingly private and he tried to be sensitive to the actors.
And the male actor says something about how when Oshima considered cutting out the most overtly political scene in the movie he told him he wasn't comfortable being so out there in the movie without it intact. Julianna Margulies said something similar on Letterman, from the opposite perspective: If you're doing a sex scene and the man gets aroused, you're creeped out.
But if he doesn't, you're offended. It was a long time ago, and I think it was in the context of a Woody Allen movie. I have no idea why weird things like this stick in my head with people who aren't otherwise on my radar. I think I heard somewhere that the actors had some discussions and just decided it was more important to the material to go for it. Isn't there also a famous rumor about real sex in Last Tango in Paris?
Anyway, a large majority of the time the sex scenes are, usually, smoke-and-mirrors. As far as I can remember, she had been appearing in bigger films, then after Brown Bunny, no one would cast her, and she had to go back to indie films. Now that the shame cycle has exhausted herself, she's been appearing in more films and television, yes.
I don't remember what year, but it was during one of her sexier movies. She said that guys wear this flesh covered sock on their junk.
You can't see the goods, but you can still feel them. And she said that sometimes the males in her scenes get aroused and sometimes they don't. She said something about respecting them as actors and treating it as a professional situation regardless of whether they are or aren't aroused. After reading that in my high school, I wanted to go into the movies to work with Demi Moore who would treat my teenage condition like a professional.
Yes, it's weirdly intimate, but And after the first week of doing it, you just sort of get over it. Also, while yes, sex scenes are usually a "closed set", still. You're still at work, and there are still hundreds of people around, even if they're not personally in the room with you watching everything. It's not sexy or anything. If your film is not on the Wikipedia list, you are in that gullible category. Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind.
The gag was how flattering the line was from Connery, but it didn't have quite the same effect coming from Rogen. I give him credit for even telling that story, though. I think the line was something like, [connery]"I apologize in advance if I'm not aroused And I apologize in advance if I am.
As an interesting factoid, the appearance in the movie by this male actor--Tatsuya Fuji--in Oshima's movie mattered not a whit to his later career; the impact was minimal-to-non-existent. He's a wizened, Gregory Peck-esque actor these days, appearing as the lead or costar in many Japanese films and turning up in magazine interviews. Chalk up this success to rigid censorship laws. People in Japan knew about Realm of the Senses at the time, but it flew under the radar in Japan, most likely with no public showings in theaters.
No other crew on-set for those takes. The group sex scenes, not so much. So, basically, aught, you're confirming that her career wasn't much hurt, except for having to change agents And, since all publicity is good publicity, the notoriety is a plus. This isn't really how making movies works. At the very least there would probably have had to be at least one camera operator and at least one sound person boom op, maybe?
You probably wouldn't have the full on band of hundreds that is on a film set any other given day, but you'd have at least a dozen people who absolutely needed to be involved. My understanding is that films use "closed sets" more because the actors feel awkward, and perhaps because of the possibility of seeing people naked.
Not because it's too sexy and the actors need to be alone. Looking for inexpensive, decent hostels in Italy.