Sex scenes are nothing new in the world of movies. Stories told on film are generally a reflection of the real world, which means that love, sex, and everything that goes along with those ideas will inevitably be portrayed on the silver screen. However, that is not to say that filming a sex scene is a picnic for actors. Kirsten Dunst recently addressed her intense sex scene with Colin Farrell in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, and it sounds like she didn't enjoy the process. Dunst explained:
Kirsten Dunst recently opened up to E! about the compromising nature of her sex scene with Colin Farrell in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled during an appearance at CinemaCon. All in all, it doesn't sound like the most romantic experience for anyone involved. The scene was intense, it took place on the floor of the set, and required her clothes to be ripped off; so yeah, we can't say that we blame her for feeling uncomfortable with the process.
Despite Kirsten Dunst's inherent aversion to the sex scene, it's worth pointing out the fact that her protests were acknowledged. Sofia Coppola still shot the scene, but she made a very specific point to run through it as quickly as possible to make sure that Ms. Dunst didn't find herself in a compromising position longer than necessary. Beyond that, Colin Farrell also addressed the uncomfortable nature of the scene, and made sure to acknowledge that he wanted Dunst to have complete control of their dynamic to make sure that she felt as comfortable as possible.
It has become a fairly well-documented fact that sex scenes are some of the most notoriously uncomfortable sequences to film for an actor. While most performers tend to sell the idea that audiences are peeking into an intimate moment between two (or more) people, the fact of the matter is that there's quite a bit going on behind the scenes to make a sex scene pop on camera. Between the presence of sound and lighting people, as well as the awkward breaks between shooting, the process of shooting a love scene isn't exactly an a loving experience in reality.
The Beguiled is the latest in a line of collaborations between the former Mary Jane Watson and Sofia Coppola. The film is a remake of a 1971 film of the same name, and centers on a Civil War soldier who finds himself taken to a boarding school for girls after sustaining wounds in battle. As he recuperates, the women at the school begin to fall for him and fight for his attention -- hence the aggressive sex scene in the film. In addition to Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, the film's cast also includes Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.
The Beguiled will make its theatrical debut on June 30.