Intimate scenes in the cinema: Cassel says he takes care to “put [ses] partners at ease”

Intimate scenes in the cinema: Cassel says he takes care to “put [ses] partners at ease”
Intimate scenes in the cinema: Cassel says he takes care to “put [ses] partners at ease”

“I have always done everything to put my partners at ease” in intimate scenes, actor Vincent Cassel, starring in David Cronenberg’s film, told AFP The Shrouds, in competition Monday in Cannes.

Asked about the film industry’s awareness of the issue of sexual violence and the consequences of #MeToo on film sets, he explained that he had noticed the more frequent presence of intimacy coordinators on site.

“I know it’s not easy for anyone, it pisses me off to kiss someone on set,” continued the 57-year-old actor, whose third collaboration with Cronenberg since The promises of the shadows (2007). “So usually I do two caipirinhas in the dressing room, let’s have fun with that, and it won’t last. The sooner you have fun, the shorter it is.”

“As long as there is no ambiguity anywhere, there is no problem,” he added.

“I understand that there must have been people who were able to take advantage of the situation at certain times, or do libidinous things, and it’s good that it evolved in that direction. But I have never had a problem on set with that, and yet I have done sex scenes,” he concluded.

Also questioned on the subject, his on-screen partner in The Shrouds, actress Diane Kruger, 47, who has filmed in Germany and France as well as in Hollywood (Troy, Inglourious Basterds), confided that he had also seen things evolve, first in the United States: “It’s very regulated. There is now an advisor, you know exactly the plans made in advance. It becomes less spontaneous, we know what to expect.”

As for the #MeToo movement in France, which is at the heart of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the actress “thinks that’s it, it’s done here. It was a little late compared to the United States, and it was an important moment for France. Now we will have to see how it will be managed.”

Asked about the behavior of Benoît Jacquot on the set of the film Farewell to the Queen, Diane Kruger replied: “With me he was impeccable.”

The director was accused by several actresses, including Judith Godrèche, who filed a complaint against him for rape of a minor.

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