Actor Shia LaBeouf starred in a movie with such graphic sex scenes people believed they were real.
The subject of movie sex scenes has been at the centre of debate recently following the release of the trailer for Jenna Ortega’s upcoming flick Miller’s Girl, in which she plays a student who begins a relationship with her - much older - teacher, played by Martin Freeman.
It’s safe to assume that actors view sex scenes as part and parcel of their job, albeit a slightly weird part.
But sometimes the stars involved put in such a good effort that folks believe they’re watching the real deal play out on screen.
In the 2014 flick Nymphomaniac, La Beouf played office worker Jerome in a story that follows the erotic life of a woman from birth to the age of 50.
Opening up about how he landed he role, LaBeouf said he sent a photo of his penis and a video of him having sex with his then-girlfriend to director Lars von Trier.
He said: "The first info we got - and I'll never forget this because my entire team reacted with such a fear - the first request on the production end, not from Lars, was pictures of my penis.”
He added: "I sent him videotapes of me and my girlfriend having sex and that's how I got the job.”
In an interview on a US chat show, LaBeouf seemed to reveal that the sex scenes were legit.
He said: "There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real."
The movie’s producer Louise Vesth told the Hollywood Reporter that they used body doubles for some scenes.
"We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post (production) we will digital-impose the two,” she explained.
"So above the waist it will be the star and then below the waist it will be the doubles."
Alongside LaBeouf, Nymphomaniac also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell and Stacy Martin.
It holds a respectable IMDb score of 6.9 out of 10, while on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes it has a critics score of 76 percent.Featured Image Credit: Zentropa Entertainment