May 22 2013
Lars von Trier is one crazy motherf***er, which you would probably know if you’ve seen any of his movies. The man loves his graphic sex, and it should hardly shock anyone that his next (assuredly NC-17) movie, Nymphomaniac, is full of it.
But how exactly do you do graphic sex when your actors are A-listers like Shia LaBeouf or Uma Thurman? For as much as they want to push the envelope by BEING in a Lars von Trier movies, they’re not actually going to f*** onscreen for his and our amusement. Enter special effects:
Nymphomaniac producer Louise Vesth provided a sneak peak into what we can expect. Vesth confirmed that the doubled-barreled feature will include graphic sex scenes between the members of the all-star cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman.
For the truly hard core elements of the film von Trier used body doubles for the stars. But, Vesth revealed, the Danish director will use digital technology to superimpose the actor’s non-explicit displays with the pornographic performance of the doubles.
“We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles who really did have sex and in post we will digital impose the two,” Vesth explained. “So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles.”
With media getting more and more permissive as time goes on, I only see this becoming more commonplace as actual sex scenes enter movies. Someday we might be SO permissive, that most actors have no problem doing scenes like this themselves, and then the line between actor and porn star becomes quite a bit blurrier. This feels like a strange look at the future to me, and I haven’t even seen the film yet.