Have you ever wondered why you don’t really see Samuel L. Jackson doing any sex scenes in his films? It’s because he hates them, and the persnickety reasons for his distaste are both unusual and hilarious.
Jackson told U.K. talk show host Graham Norton that he has never really cared for nude/sex scenes and avoids them whenever possible. The Hollywood veteran confessed that he’s afraid that an actress fails to arouse him, she will be insulted.
He said that he is always unsure how he should react when he has to strip down for sex scenes, and that he gives his co-star a checklist of body parts that they should avoid touching.
But he does say that his biggest fear is just getting too “excited” during a shoot. But it’s a double-edged sword for Jackson, because it loops back around to his initial thought: If he fails to become aroused, he feels that he will upset the actress he is working with.
“I hate nude scenes, you have to ask where it’s okay to touch and where it’s not okay to touch and then you have to apologize for getting excited or for not getting excited. I’m sorry if I do and I’m sorry if I don’t. It’s a weird conversation to have.”
Jackson has also shared his discomfort with sex scenes in the past. In a 2010 interview about the film Mother and Child, he revealed that a sex scene with actress Naomi Watts made him feel all awkward.
“We did our scene the first day, we kind of knew each other because I know Liev [Schreiber, Watt’s husband], but we’d never really interacted. Our first interaction was that particular scene where she seduces me,” he said.
“For me as an actor, I don’t know how to do that sort of thing in a room full of people, and I tend to ask a lot of questions. Where can I touch you? Where can I not touch you? I’m sorry if I get excited, I’m sorry if I don’t… But Naomi really took charge.”
What do you think of Samuel L. Jackson’s discomfort with sex scenes?
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