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15 Movies Where The Actors Really Did It

Updated September 23, 2021 14.0m views15 items

Working as an actor requires being open to some wild things . Having to film a love scene can give even the most courageous and reputable actors some stage fright. But imagine if you had to do it for real? I mean, full on penetrative intercourse. You'd think it would be taboo, but plenty of movies have incorporated real sex between actors in order to establish a sort of genuine authenticity to the film.

While some may think that esteemed actors engaging in that kind of behavior for a movie is gratuitous and inappropriate, many actors have agreed to the conditions. Racy and controversial director Lars von Trier has utilized un-simulated scenes for several of his films, including his movie Nymphomaniac .

These types of scenes in film can be crucial to the story that writers and directors are trying to tell. But at what point is the boundary between real and fantasy crossed? For a lot of artists, both behind the scenes and in front of them, there is no line.

This is a roundup of some of the most infamous films where actors really had sex on sets for the camera. Keep reading to find out who they are.

  • The Brown Bunny is the independent Cannes film that made Chloë Sevigny a household name. It's also the film where she notoriously gave costar and director Vincent Gallo very real and very graphic oral treatment. Many were suspicious about the authenticity of the scene between the two stars, but Sevigny herself has admitted it is indeed real.

    The movie polarized audiences at Cannes, but it has lived in infamy for the scene that blew Sevigny onto the Hollywood landscape as a fashion icon and successful actress.

    • Actors: Chloë Sevigny, Cheryl Tiegs, Vincent Gallo, Rick Doucette, Mary Morasky
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Vincent Gallo
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  • Yet another Lars von Trier film, Antichrist stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as two characters struggling to come to terms with their toddler's accidental death. The film takes on a whole new definition of horror, and features intense love scenes between Dafoe and Gainsbourg.

    One scene in particular has been credited as unsimulated. However, it did not feature the two actors, but instead utilized body doubles for the scene

    • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Lars von Trier
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  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is known for a number of things (aside from it's ridiculously long title), primarily its subversion of the "blacksploitation" films that plagued the '70s. Melvin Van Peebles, who is almost entirely responsible for all creative aspects of the film, starred in the movie about an African-American man on the run from the white police.

    Van Peebles also notoriously engaged in the real deal for the film's most wild scenes.

    • Actors: John Amos, Melvin Van Peebles, Rhetta Hughes, Nick Ferrari, West Gale
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Melvin Van Peebles
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  • Pink Flamingos starred a drag queen named Divine, who has been labeled "the filthiest person alive." This movie is mostly known for its crude scenes and even cruder love scenes. In likely the film's most famous moment, Divine services a man who is playing her son in the film.

    The movie was banned in several countries, including Australia and Canada.

    • Actors: John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, David Lochary
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: John Waters
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