Plain and simple. Kurt Russell hates sex scenes. Not watching them so much as doing them. And as any fan knows, there are very few in his vast resume of work. Have you ever wondered why such a captivating and well loved leading man has never dived into the sheets as much as some of his contemporaries? Well, he finally has our answer.
Acting is lying. But it's not faking. At least not to Kurt Russell. When you're in front of the camera, there are a lot of things you can actually, physically do to get into character. Unless you are starring in a porno or experimental art film, sex if not one of them. And that has always bothered the legendary force behind such classics as Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China. While he had no problem convincing you that he belonged in these outlandish, fictional worlds, he does have a problem faking it in the bedroom.
Kurt Russell is playing a different kind of character in The Hateful Eight. And while chatting about the wild west adventure with Details, the subject of sex scenes became a topic of discussion. Because apparently there are quite a few iconic films that he has turned down. Such as 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman. Why? Because he didn't want to do the sex scenes. Director Taylor Hackford explained that he wanted to go 'just beyond the bounds of good taste'. This didn't sit right with Russell, who thought all that sweaty sex was unnecessary. He explains.
"In my career, I've only done a couple of scenes in which there was open sexuality, and it was always a story point. I didn't find a story point in that one-they were just letting you know that people like to fuck. My problem with that is that everybody knows you're faking it. That's just not the way I work. Fake-fucking is tough."
Kurt Russell certainly isn't the first actor to have problems with doing sex scenes, and he won't be the last. For any actor, a sex scene can be a difficult day at the office. And often times, they require a closed set, with only the minimum needed crew on hand to complete the task. And in that environment, it's perhaps more hard to be believable than anywhere else. What do you think? Do you agree with Kurt Russell that sex scenes need to service the story? Or is any sex scene a good scene in your eyes?