Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie had quite a bit of chemistry on set in their latest movie, Legend of Tarzan. It turns out that while the pair had plenty of chemistry, there were some times when they weren't on the same page.
During one particular love scene, the film's director says he wanted Margot Robbie to punch Alexander Skarsgard in order to show the couple was lost in lust. It turns out that the punch landed quite solidly and Yates believes the bruise the actress gave to the leading man might have been the only bruise he suffered on Legend of Tarzan. Yates talked to Entertainment Weekly and said he believes that bruise shows the "feistiness" of Robbie.
"They're doing this love scene together, and I said [to Robbie], 'Just slap Alex while you're making love, just kind of give him a punch.' It was sort of an earthy, sensual moment of her enjoying sex with Alex, and the only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot. Which says a lot about her feistiness."Yates told the publication. Alexander Skarsgard and the love scene between his actress were apparently showing some white hot heat during the entire filming of the movie. This is why the director believed a move like the one Margot Robbie did was one that worked so well. Despite the fact that Skarsgard and Robbie have both made themselves some of the most respected actors in Hollywood, it doesn't appear their new film is loved or respected. Legend of Tarzan released in American theaters last week and it had rather lackluster reviews. The film has also been getting rather lackluster attendance despite the two big time actors starring in the film.
Skarsgard had been talking about the role of Tarzan as getting a new lease on life with this picture. The actor had talked about wanting it to be about more than "man saves damsel in distress." He added Robbie was playing a much stronger character than what we had seen in part versions of "Jane."
That strength was shown, and apparently felt by Skarsgard during the now infamous love scene. This is one of the reasons Yates wanted the character to show she had strength, even when the character was caught in the middle of making love.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that Robbie has no problem showing strength. The next time we see her in a blockbuster move she'll be starring alongside an ensemble cast in Suicide Squad. Skarsgard, who is best known for playing Eric on True Blood also makes an appearance alongside Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2.
During his turn as an actor, Alexander Skarsgard has had love scenes with both sexes. Some of those scenes have been loving and tender but others have been plenty physical. The 6'4" actor stands tall enough and he's strong enough that he doesn't take a beating too badly.Skarsgard is also someone who has managed to change his approach to these sorts of things based on what's needed. Yates makes it clear in his comments that Alexander Skarsgard was someone he knew could take a punch.
Considering Skarsgard had to do quite a few stunts for the movie, and didn't come away with any aches and pains, Yates appears to be right. While the actor didn't take any big time hits to his body, his reputation as someone who could carry a film took a more decisive hit.
The failure of Legend of Tarzan is even more surprising considering the other actors who appeared in the film. Alongside Alexander Skarsgard was, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and John Hurt according to The Independent.
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