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Keira Knightley Says She Won't Do Sex Scenes Directed By Men

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Keira Knightley Says She Won't Do Sex Scenes Directed By Men

Keira Knightley has said she won't be doing sex scenes that are directed by men as she'd feel 'uncomfortable' now.

The 35-year-old British actor has ruled out taking part in 'horrible' sex scenes going forward but admits that there are times when she realises sex scenes are 'really good' for the movie.

Speaking on the Chanel Connects podcast, Knightley said: "It's partly vanity and also it's the male gaze.

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"If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body [acceptance] I feel like, I'm sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker.

"I don't have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men."

The mum-of-two has previously shot sex scenes in Hollywood movies including The Aftermath and Atonement, but it seems as though those days are well and truly behind her.

She added: "I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze.

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"Saying that, there's times where I go, 'Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot'.

"So therefore, you can use somebody else, because I'm too vain and the body has had two children now and I'd just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked."

Knightley has previously taken part in sex scenes. Credit: BBC
Knightley has previously taken part in sex scenes. Credit: BBC

This isn't the first time Knightley has said she won't be stripping off on camera anymore - back in March 2020 she said she no longer does nude scenes as she doesn't want to end up on a porn site.

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Speaking to The Financial Times she said: "I always felt completely comfortable doing it when I was younger.

"I never did anything that I didn't feel comfortable doing. I'm really happy with my body. It's done an amazing thing.

"But I also don't want to stand there in front of a whole film crew."

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She went on to say: "It used to be that you'd do a sex scene in isolation with the film, and it would make sense...

"But now, you can take the whole thing and put it in a completely different thing, and it's on some porn site."

Over the past several years movie-makers have taken a second look at how sex scenes are handled an now many productions will include on-set coordinators who make sure actors are not pressured to do anything they don't want to.

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