Nymphomaniac Magnolia Pictures via Everett Collection This week, Jamie Bell of "Billy Eilliot" and "Tintin" fame has signed on to costar in director Lars von Trier's latest drama, "Nympomaniac," a two-part sex drama touting the use of unsimulated acts in its drama. Von Trier is back to his provocateur tricks, stirring up Hollywood with his rebellious nature and luring in big name talent with the steamy prospects Shia LaBeouf can't shut up about getting to have actual sex on camera.
But the move isn't unprecedented — a handful of movies have dared to capture actors in the act, in a world between art and pornography, and release it into the wild. The Danish director first obliterated cinematic taboos with his romantic drama "The Idiots," which features a group of self-proclaimed provocateurs pretending to be disabled and engaging in an actual orgy. In "Antichrist," von Trier recruited well-known thespians Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg to play a couple tormented by the death of their child who engage each other in a horror-filled string of sex acts.
The latter utilized doubles for the actual shots of penetration, but Gainsbourg obviously felt stiffed by the practice — she's set to do her own "stunts" for "Nymphomaniac. Passionate, awkward, and everything in-between, Mitchell rounded up willing participants — most of them non-actors — to embark on their own journey of sexual experimentation.
Even in the new millennium, there was nothing quite like it in the United States. Speaking to the New York Times, the director lambasted modern society for its insistence on censoring sex. Ebert's complaints focused primarily on the movie's aimlessness, but focus was squarely on the real life sex, an overshadowing moment that did Sevigny's future career few favors. The graphic moments featured in the clubs were real. In an interview with HollywoodInterview, Friedkin describes the issue: It was not simulated … I knew one of the guys who ran everything from 42nd street to the lower west side.
So I went to him, and he referred me to the guys who were running them. I met the managers, the bartenders, and a great many people who frequented the bars. I went back a number of times. There are no screen extras guild members. These guys were paid as extras, but they were just there, doing their thing. When money became an issue for the director's production, Vidal turned to "Penthouse" magazine founder Bob Guccione, who insisted the film feature over-the-top, hardcore sex scenes.
Pornographic scenes were shot for the movie, and a handful of cuts have been produced over the years, all integrating various amounts of the footage. Even in its patchwork state, "Caligula" continues to stand as Hollywood's "most epic porn. Recalling her work on director Bernardo Bertolucci's movie, actress Maria Schneider told The Daily Mail that the film's infamous butter scene, in which Brando applies the dairy product to the actress' unmentionables, struck her as too far.
The truth is it was Marlon who came up with the idea… I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologize.
Thankfully, there was just one take. His film "Pink Flamingos" unearths it all: Two instances come to mind: Why didn't they this movie into Broadway musical?