Real Sex in a Movie, but Why?

Ok, I’m going to need some help from you guys on this one. It’s something that’s been bugging me for a while.

So, there has been a lot of buzz recently about a certain Transformers star going out of his way to land a new movie role, mainly due to the fact that the movie will feature real sex. I’m sure you all know that I’m talking about one Shia LeBeouf, and the film in question, The Nymphomaniac. Shia himself has admitted in an interview that he sent videos of him and his girlfriend ‘performing’ as it were, to director Lars Von Trier in order to secure the roll. The videos would feature the very same girlfriend who has been spotted in public in floods of tears for an unknown reason on a couple of occasions, wonder why? So it’s definitely going to feature real sex and LeBeouf is to star, but my question is, what’s the point?

Shia and his girlfriend, shot just after the movie announcement.

For a start, they can only show so much. They would have to shoot it with some level of class in order for it to be shown in theaters country wide. If they go the full hog and show things going in and out of other things it will just be another porn film, right? Rules differ from country to country, but here is what the UK thinks (from the British Board of Film Classification website):

Sex education at ‘18’

Where sex material genuinely seeks to inform and educate in matters such as human sexuality, safer sex and health, explicit images of sexual activity may be permitted.

Sex works at ‘18’

Sex works are works whose primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation. Sex works containing only materials which may be simulated are generally passed ‘18’. Sex works containing clear images of real sex, strong fetish material, sexually explicit animated images, or other very strong sexual images will be confined to the ‘R18’ category. Material which is unacceptable in a sex work at ‘R18’ is also unacceptable in a sex work at ‘18’.

Which means if they show a bit much:

R18 certificate


To be shown only in specially licensed cinemas, or supplied only in licensed sex shops, and to adults of not less than 18 years

The ‘R18’ category is a special and legally restricted classification primarily for explicit works of consenting sex or strong fetish material involving adults. Films may only be shown to adults in specially licensed cinemas, and video works may be supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops. ‘R18’ video works may not be supplied by mail order.

So they do have to be careful. There are some big stars in this movie, which means some big pay checks. So they need to make their money. Also, if people go to watch a movie, surely they go for the story. If people want to see sex they can just watch porn.  This is the internet, there’s quite a bit of it knocking about. Which makes me ask again, what’s the point?

The concept of putting real sex in a mainstream movie is not a new one. There are rumours all over the place. People including Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Sienna Miller and even Anakin Skywalker himself, Hayden Christensen, are rumored to have got their jollies on for real in movies. Let’s hope Hayden is better at performing than he is at acting. Have a click HERE to see some other popular rumors.

But, rumors aside, there are plenty of films where non-simulated sex has been verified. Granted, most are European nonsense that you won’t have heard of, but they still count. Click HERE to have a look at a long list, if you bothered, or a bit of a perv. So, the movie isn’t breaking any boundaries, again, what’s the point?

shia-labeoufnicoleThe movie is called The Nymphomaniac so it’s pretty clear what you will be getting if you go to see it. There’s also the rest of the cast. With all the fuss being made over LeBeouf appearing in the film the rest of the cast seem to have managed to sneak in under the radar, and some of them are massive. Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Stellan Skarsgrad, Willem Defoe, and Nicole Kidman are also set to star in this movie about ‘A women who discovers her hidden erotic desires’. Kidman is no stranger to on screen sex if rumours are to be believed. She and ex hubby Tom Cruise are said to have done the deed for real while starring in Eyes Wide Shut together.

So, here is where you come in. What do you think? Does the act of real sex make you feel different about the movie one way or another? Do you see the point?

Whatever you think it’s not one to watch with your parents.

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