When you’re an actor, filming a sex scene is complicated. From modesty patches to prosthetic genitals, the erotic scenes you see on screen are more like choreographed performances than actual sex. That’s why some actors just prefer to keep it real — very real. Robert Pattinson and Chloë Sevigny have both admitted to doing real on-screen sex acts — and you won’t believe which other actors have done it too.
“Sex scenes can be quite awkward,” Michael Fassbender has said, while Keira Knightley once divulged, “I did a couple of shots of vodka beforehand.”
Meanwhile, Mila Kunis revealed, “I mean, regardless there’s like 150 crewmen watching and you see each other’s bits and pieces. The whole thing is just wrong.”
Henry Cavill, who got “a bit hard” after an actress with “spectacular breasts” simulated a sex scene with him in The Tudors said, “It’s actually acutely uncomfortable being naked in a roomful of people. The very last thing it is is sexy.”
The only person to seemingly admit sex scenes can actually be, well, sexy is Amanda Seyfried. She once explained, “Sex scenes are great. A lot of my costars have been sexy guys my age, and so, why not? I’m not going to pretend it’s not fun.”
Although both Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen have denied having real sex in the movie Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, rumors still circulate about the 2006 film. “I take it as a compliment,” Miller said. “I don’t want to do a sex scene that doesn’t look real, because that’s my job.”
As for the explicit sex in Don’t Look Now? The film starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland was so steamy that Christie’s then-boyfriend, Warren Beatty, reportedly asked the director to re-cut the scene to make it seem less graphic.
Back in 2011, film critic Peter Bart confirmed what everyone has been thinking since the movie came out in the ’70s: that sex was real. “It was clear to me that they were no longer acting,” he wrote in his memoir. “They were f–king on camera.”
As for the more recent intimate scenes that hit the screen, intimacy coordinators are now on hand to make sure everything goes accordingly – and of course to assure that everyone on set feels comfortable. During an appearance on the Fitzy & Wippa radio show, actress Emma Thompson – who filmed a raw, authentic sex scene as part of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande – called intimacy coordinators “fantastically important” after actor Sean Bean said that such a presence “spoil[s] the spontaneity.”
“I don’t know [if] you were speaking to somebody who found it distracting, but another conversation you might find [is] that people go, ‘It made me comfortable. It made me feel safe. It made me feel as though I was able to do this work,'” the Love Actually star said.
Scroll through the gallery to see which celebs admitted to having real sex on film.
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