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12 Actors and Directors on Shooting Sex Scenes

This week, we learned that director Harmony Korine cast a woman who could balance “three or four Coke cans on her ass” in his debauched Spring Breakers. It also turns out that star Gucci Mane couldn’t stop smoking weed long enough to successfully perform a sex scene with her in the movie. Vulture interviewed Korine, who revealed that the rapper-actor — who plays a rival drug lord to James Franco’s Alien — fell asleep during his big sex scene. “As he is getting f*cked, I start to hear snores,” said Korine. “He had literally passed out!” It’s an amusing anecdote, but it left us wondering how actors and directors handle those moments on the big screen. Do they really enjoy them? Is it always awkward? Check out the on-screen sex confessions of film and television’s finest past the break.

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham’s sex scenes in HBO’s Girls have been forthright and intentionally awkward, raising questions and conversations about female body image issues, relationships, and more. Sadly, the graphic scenes have also sparked a wave of fat-shaming. The actress writes, directs, produces, and stars in the series — and by her own admission, she creates the challenging and intimate scenes herself. She told Conan O’Brien: “I will be lying there, kind of being slammed by a naked body, thinking, ‘I want out of this bed. I want out of this scene. I want out of this life. Who did this to me?’ And I realized, I’m my own boss. I’ve written it. I’m directing it. I’m the person holding myself in sexual slavery.”

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