They are professional artists whose job involves turning themselves into a person they aren't, to the amazement of fans and moviegoers around the world. When it comes to shooting the ever-embarrassing love scene, these stalwart professionals throw back a shot of tequila if needed and get to work simulating intercourse.
At least, that's how it usually goes down. These people show up to work and while they may be friendly with their coworkers, they aren't accustomed to bumping actual uglies with them so love-making is awkwardly simulated either with body doubles or good lighting, sound editing, and camera tricks.
Then there are the entries on this list. While some have confirmed their acts were genuine, others have denied it over the years.
We wanted to know for sure so we sat through hours of these films, read the gossip rags, and found interviews revealing what truly went down between the sheets on set. If you did want to get a glimpse of Pattinson's actual O-Face, you might want to check out the flick because he went for authenticity in this one.
To be fair, the camera didn't expose the actual act, but rather, his face. He told Interview magazine, "I pleasured myself in front of the camera. Caligula is credited as one of the worst movies ever, though the performance by McDowell was received rather well considering the nature of the movie. People were disgusted as they walked out of the theaters across the country and the uncut version of the film is still banned in a number of nations across the world.
They took it, added the explicit material, and turned it into a pornographic drama. Film critic Roger Ebert described it as the "worst film in the history of Cannes" and even quipped that the video of his colonoscopy was better, but later gave it a "thumb's up" after it was edited The controversial scene, and likely the only one many people ever bothered watching, was a close-up oral sex scene in which Sevigny clearly performs fellatio on Gallo.
Gallo took a lot of heat for the film, but not so much for the oral sex scene. The movie was so widely panned, his edit ended up cutting a whole 25 minutes off the final cut. Julie Christie has been coy about it having never fully come out and said whether or not the scene was real.
It was just flesh squirming and rolling and touching, and God I thought it was absolutely lovely. This is a he-said-she-said that has been plaguing Hollywood since and it is one of the steamiest sex scenes ever filmed, making it a great addition to this list. The film is a modern love story set in England, featuring one year in the relationship between Kieran O'Brian's Matt, a climatologist, and Margo Stilley' Lisa, a foreign exchange student from America.
When the film was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, it created quite an uproar due to its explicit sex scenes. Everyone involved in the production freely admitted that the two leads didn't simulate a single thing when they had sex on set. The movie has been called the most sexually explicit mainstream film to date and it is entirely due to the wealth of sexual acts depicted. When asked in interviews about the sex, the stars spoke about it freely admitting they used condoms for vaginal penetration, but otherwise, the two got very close indeed.
Love is a French 3D romantic drama that could best be described as exquisitely well-made adult film, but only because of the presentation in 3D. While there is explicit sex shot throughout the film, it does follow a story involving a threesome between an American cinema school student, his French girlfriend, and a Danish teenage transgender woman. The film didn't shy away from full-frontal nudity and showed close-up shots of the actors' genitalia, included oral and vaginal sex, and even showed ejaculation.
The movie didn't need to be shot in 3D; that was mostly a gimmick, but it does hover over the line of what is art and what is pornography fairly well. The sex scenes in this film are unsimulated, explicit, and horribly violent.
The film was banned in markets across the world, including Canada and Singapore alongside many others.