The not so steamy secrets of sex on set

by Peter D. Marshall

by Tanya Sweeney.

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The Fifty Shades juggernaut rolled into town recently amid a storm of white-hot hype, only to be met with stinging criticism. Chief among the gripes of an audience chomping at the bit for flesh and eye-popping rutting was that there wasn’t nearly enough ‘actual’ sex in the film.

We’ve come a long way, seemingly, since the time when full-frontal nudity, or unsimulated sex acts for that matter, were considered truly seismic. Far from being shocked, some audiences expect it now, as a matter of course.

But what is it like to be an actor handed the task of bringing these scenes to life for an increasingly exacting audience? As job specs go, it’s a curious one: in making sex scenes, actors need to create the illusion of intimacy, lust or attraction with a stranger (or worse, a friend), all while being mindful of a list of technical and choreographic specifications. Managing this high-wire feat isn’t straightforward.

Read the rest of this article from Irish Times.

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