PARK CITY, Utah—We don’t, for better or worse, keep stats on such things, but one of the juicy topics of conversation up and down Main Street since late last week is whether or not this year’s Sundance Film Festival is the most sex-soaked ever.
By our conservative count, there are no less than fourteen feature films in this year’s programs that have sex at the center of their tales. There are strippers (“Afternoon Delight”), there are adults sleeping with underage kids (“A Teacher,” “The Lifeguard”), and there is so much pornography (“Don Jon’s Addiction,” “The Look of Love,” “Kink,” “Lovelace,” “Interior. Leather Bar.”), it might be better to change this story’s headline to, “Sundance 2013: Seriously, Why Is There So Much Porn Here?”
With sex pulsing on so many theater screens throughout Park City, it was no surprise that MTV News’ interviews often turned to the highs and lows of depicting such things on set. From Daniel Radcliffe’s what’s-the-big-deal take on his gay sex scenes in “Kill Your Darlings” to January Jones’ thoughts on her first-ever nude scene, check out what Sundance celebs have been saying about sex.
“Kill Your Darlings”
“It’s interesting that it’s deemed shocking. For me, there’s something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We’ve seen gay sex scenes before. I don’t know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally un-shocking.” — Radcliffe, on why there shouldn’t be any controversy about his portrayal of the Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg.
“The porn aspect, the violence, all that stuff didn’t scare me at all. I wanted to jump right into that stuff because I think it’s good work. I just hope nobody grabs onto the fact that there’s a lot of boobs and stuff. I don’t want that. I didn’t notice them. And you know what’s funny?… My friends had such incredible things to say just after the movie, and then my sister’s like, ‘There are just so many boobs! There’s just too much of your boobs.’ ” — Amanda Seyfried, on nudity and her role as a pornstar in “Lovelace.”
“This is for all the ’50 Shades of Grey’ fans. This is what you’re reading about. This is the real thing. This is what it looks like. This isn’t the dime store version of bondage. This is what bondage is like.” — James Franco, on the connection between “Kink” and E L James’ best-selling trilogy.
“Don Jon’s Addiction”
“The sex scenes that are in this movie are very, very specific, and each moment tells a very particular thing in the story,” he explained. “So it’s not like we’re going at it, like we’re hanging out all day making out and they’re filming it. We have to accomplish a very specific thing. Most of the time, I’m talking to the camera guys, I’m talking to the lighting guys, I’m talking to all these different people. And then we get together, roll cameras, kiss for five seconds, and then cut.” — Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on sex scenes between his porn-addicted character and his love interest played by Scarlett Johansson.
“I always said that professional I’d choose not to do that. But then, weirdly, as I got older it did became sort of a non-issue. It didn’t really bother me. It’s always kind of awkward on set with so many people around you and you’re sort of vulnerable.” — January Jones, on her first-ever nude scene.
“Interior. Leather Bar.”
“[S]ex and sexuality are such big parts of our lives — the ways that we define ourselves, the ways that we interact with each other. Everyone thinks about it. Everyone knows about it. Even if you insist on living an incredibly chaste life and you’re chaste in your thoughts, that’s a conscious and concerted effort to keep sex from your thoughts. So you’re still engaging with sex even if it’s in a negative capacity. It’s a huge part of our lives. It’s part of being human.” — Franco, on why he wanted to make a film that depicted actual sex.
“The Spectacular Now”
“Here’s the thing: losing your virginity is not that fun or beautiful or glamorized. Every time I see a coming-of-age film, they look like it’s awesome. It was not awesome.” — Shalaine Woodley, on her why her sex scenes with Miles Teller are more true to life than what’s usually seen on screen.
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