Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman play lovers as Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn in the upcoming HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn, which explains why the pair share the cover of W‘s May issue.
The interview in which Owen and Kidman discuss their myriad sex scenes, however, is a whole other story. Owen told the mag that filming the scenes was a breeze.
It’s much harder to do a death scene. You’ve got to do it convincingly, and it’s a huge thing to die [laughs]. Sex scenes are only hard if there’s no narrative conveyed through the sex scene. In the Hemingway film, the sex scenes have a story going through them. It’s part of who these people are and what they are.
But at one point, Kidman thought that there was too much going on in the bedroom:
“The sex was very important in that relationship because that’s the way she cuts Hemingway off. When Gellhorn says, ‘I don’t like sex,’ it’s her way of saying, ‘I’m not based in sexuality; Hemingway didn’t have power over me. That’s not where I came from.’
Having said that, the sexual attraction between them was powerful. I kept asking Phil Kaufman, the director, ‘Is all this sex important for the story?’ I wanted to make sure he wasn’t just getting off. But these were two people who could make love when a building was falling down around them. They had passion.
Check out their spread below:
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