Emma Thompson joins colleagues who approve of sex scene consultants in the making of Hollywood films. They have been at work since 2017, when the #MeToo movement emerged in the U.S., and have become a kind of safety factor in American filmmaking. Earlier this week, actor Sean Bean, known for his work on "Lord of the Rings" (2001) and the TV series "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (1993), said that having such experts on set turns the "natural behavior of lovers" into a "technical exercise." "I'll be more restrained because of the attention to detail when someone says, 'Do this, put your hands here while you're touching her here.
In an interview with the Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, Emma Thompson decided to comment on what Bean said, "Intimacy coordinators are the most fantastic acquisition in our work. And yes, you can't just let it slide. There's a camera and a camera crew, you're not just alone in a hotel room. You're surrounded by a bunch of assistants hauling equipment. It's an uncomfortable situation, period." According to Thompson, many actors agree with her, because participation in the filming of consultants relieves tension and adds comfort.
And earlier, 21-year-old "West Side Story" (2022) star Rachel Segler urged Sean Bean to "wake up." On Twitter, she thanked the intimacy coordinators who worked with her and her partner Ansel Elgort on the set of Spielberg's musical. "They showed grace and elegance to a newcomer like me, plus trained others with years of experience," the actress wrote on Twitter.