Controversial Dutch director Lars Von Trier is known for doing something pretty unconventional in his films: Using real sex in scenes. Most of the time, actors only pretend to be intimate with their co-stars, but Von Trier's films like "Antrichrist" and "The Idiots" show the real deal.
What does this have to do with Shia LaBeouf? Well, the actor has signed on to star in Von Trier's upcoming film "Nymphomaniac" and, you guessed it, he'll have to perform real sex.
He admitted he's a bit scared, but willing to do whatever it takes to make the film.
"[The movie] is what you think it is," LaBeouf told MTV News. "It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he's making. For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening."
Real sex in movies is rare, but there have been a few mainstream films that have featured super intimate shots. Of course, some movies are falsely rumored to have real sex, too. Let's sort out fact from fiction.
Most people know Chloe Sevigny from her role on "Big Love," but one of her breakthrough roles was with her then-boyfriend, Vincent Gallo, in "Brown Bunny." The most notable thing most people remember about the film is the real oral sex scene between the two.
Sevigny says she regrets that the scene is all people remember from the movie.
"I'm sad that people think one way of the movie, but what can you do? I've done many explicit sex scenes, but I'm not that interested in doing any more," she told Playboy in 2010. "I'm more self-aware now and wouldn't be able to be as free, so why even do it?"
"Oh, darling, that is so horrible," she remarked to a questioning New York Daily News reporter. "You obviously don't know anything about making movies."
Her publicist later clarified that there was no real sex.
"It's not true at all. When you do a love scene, there are five or six people on the set at a minimum. They weren't having real sex. She's just a great actress."
"Last Tango in Paris
Contrary to what many think, there was no actual sex between Marlon Brando, then 49, and 19-year-old French actress Maria Schneider.
"Not at all," she told the Daily Mail of whether or not the steamy scenes were real. "There was no attraction between us. For me, he was more like a father figure and I a daughter."
She did say that one scene improvised in the movie made her feel violated.
"I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by [director Bernardo] Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologize," she said of the memorable scene that included butter. "Thankfully, there was just one take."
Sometimes it's just better to leave stuff to the imagination, huh?
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