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Hollywood intimacy coordinator reveals all films with unsimulated sex scenes break strict laws

Hollywood intimacy coordinator reveals all films with unsimulated sex scenes break strict laws

They revealed that every American movie with non-simulated sex scenes breaks this one rule

As movie fans, we all love to hear the shocking details behind movies.

More so, the scenes in movies that we normally want to know the shocking details of? Sex scenes.

It’s just normal that with steamy scenes we want to know all the details, how it’s done, whether the actors are actually playing the scenes or not, and whether it’s awkward to spend several hours naked with – essentially – your co-worker.

If all scenes are filmed like this, uncomfortable is an understatement:

Moreover, what particularly arouses the interest of film fans are ‘non-simulated’ sex scenes.

For a number of reasons, finding out which actors are actually involved in what you see on screen feels more realistic to many, if only to satisfy some morbid curiosity.

To find out more, UNILAD spoke exclusively to Hollywood intimacy coordinator Brooke Haney, asking specifically about non-simulated scenes.

We asked how an intimacy coordinator would approach a scene where the director wanted to film that way, and the response was shock.

Brown Bunny saw unsimulated sexual acts taking place between actors.  (Sony)

Brown Bunny saw unsimulated sexual acts taking place between actors. (Sony)

They said, “So you can’t do that in the United States, according to SAG-AFTRA rules. That’s literally the difference in a SAG-AFTRA film versus porn.

“That’s just the definition. Legally, anything film or TV must be simulated under SAG-AFTRA.”

Brooke went on to tell us that the rules about this are so strict that this applies not only to full-blown sex, but to anything that could be considered a sexual act.

They said: “I was working on a project that involved urination. Because the project was so sexual in nature, even before that, the actor said, “I think I can just pee,” and I said, “No, we’re going to use a pee harness.”

“No matter what happens, we won’t take any chances.”

Films like Stranger By the Lake were allowed because they were not shot in the US.  (Les Films du Losange)

Films like Stranger By the Lake were allowed because they were not shot in the US. (Les Films du Losange)

When asked what that means for films where they claim the sex scenes were not simulated, Brooke said it was either filmed in another country or something dodgy was going on.

They said: “It was either filmed outside the US or an attack took place. Or rules were broken. I know it happened.”

So while there may be some movies that can boast a shocking “unsimulated scene,” every movie shot in the United States breaks that rule.

Movies like Nymphomaniac Tried different ways to get around this.

The Lars Von Trier film wanted to have hardcore depictions of sex without the actors performing unsimulated acts.

To get around this, the actors pretended to have sex before two body doubles actually did the deed, with the top half taken from the actors’ scene and the bottom half taken from the body doubles.

If you compare this to more shocking images, as in The brown bunny by Vincent Gallo where the director got an unsimulated blowjob from the other lead in the film, and you can tell which filmmakers adhere to this strict rule and which don’t.

Brooke Haney’s ‘The Intimacy Coordinator’s Guidebook’ is now available.

Featured image credits: Nordisk Film / Les Films du Losange

Topics: film and TV, sex and relationships

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