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Margot Robbie speaks out on ‘disgusting’ Saltburn bathtub scene

Margot Robbie speaks out on ‘disgusting’ Saltburn bathtub scene

Saltburn producer Margot Robbie has opened up on the shocking bathtub scene.

I can't be the only one that didn't know until now that Margot Robbie produced Saltburn.

Anyway, the Barbie star given her thought on that bathtub scene, which is just one of the many controversial moments from the film.

Saltburn, one of the most talked about films of 2023, centres around Oxford University student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan), who is invited to spend the summer with his super-rich classmate Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi) at his family's estate.

"Academy Award winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell brings us a beautifully wicked tale of privilege and desire," a synopsis for the film reads.

"Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten."

There are literally dozens of dodgy scenes, from when Oliver strips and dances through the stately home to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 'Murder on the Dancefloor' to THAT grave scene, which sees Oliver crying on Felix's grave before suddenly stripping down to defile it.

One of the weirdest and most viral moments from Saltburn was THAT bathtub scene.
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But arguably, one of the weirdest and most viral moments from the film was when Oliver sups up some of Felix’s semen after he masturbates in a bathtub.


In an interview with Variety, Robbie - whose production company LuckyChap Entertainment produced the film - admitted that 'it didn't feel that shocking in the script because director Emerald Fennell immerses you into a world so quickly'.

The actor explained: "She's so masterful at tone and plot. She gets you into it so quickly - you're just immediately like, 'I'm in this world'.

"So by the time you get to something like the bathtub scene, she has primed you for it. She has got you. You're, like, picking at a scab. You’re like: 'I can’t help myself'.

"Or like popping a pimple: 'I know I shouldn't squeeze but I'm gonna'."

She also said Fennell's script was 'intentionally disgusting and satisfying'.

Margot Robbie's company, LuckyChap Entertainment, produced Saltburn.

"I think she wanted you to be equally as disgusted as you are titillated, and equally as shocked as you are by finding that depravity in yourself," Robbie added.

"She gets in your brain and she kind of taps into the most depraved parts of it, so that you're complicit in the story.

"That's the watercooler moment — the thing that people are talking about two weeks afterwards."

Elordi has also shared his thoughts on the scene, telling Stream Wars: "I was just really excited when I read that scene, because... you don't really see things like that in sort of mainstream movies... a lot of the time.

"So it's just great that [Fennell] was allowed to kind of push those boundaries and expose people like that."

Saltburn is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Featured Image Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty MRC

Topics: TV and Film, Amazon Prime