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Lars Von Trier plans to use body doubles for the hardcore sex scenes in Nymphomaniac

May. 21, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Lars Von Trier has become the master of shocking cinema over the last few years with both ANTICHRIST and MELANCHOLIA stirring up audiences. Then he announced that his latest movie, NYMPHOMANIAC, would feature hardcore sex scenes starring popular actors like Shia LaBeouf, Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman. But, with the film not ready in time for the Cannes Film Festival, many have been left wondering what the hold up is.

Von Trier is actually delayed with the film because the sex scenes will require quite a bit of editing to make them work. In fact, while it will look like we are seeing Shia's LaBeouf on the big screen, it will actually be another actor.

“We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two,” Vesth explained. “So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles.”

So, while this does not rule out full nudity for the actors, there definitely will not be any...ahem...insertion.  It remains to be seen how exactly this will look on screen, but Von Trier is an accomplished director who may be able to pull it off.  The Hollywood Reporter also indicates the movie will feature some tricks like double exposure, symbols, and more on screen that may make this more than just a film with pornographic elements.

“Lars has thrown everything in this one. It's about religion, about God, about philosophy,” said Vesth, adding that she hopes von Trier ends his self-imposed ban on talking publicly, which followed his controversial Nazi comments in Cannes two years ago. “There's so much to talk about with this movie. I hope he changes his mind and starts giving interviews again.”

Von Trier is an acquired taste.  I have only been able to watch ANTICHRIST twice and MELANCHOLIA once.  I am glad I experienced them, but I have already seen Willem Dafoe's junk, I don't need to see it again.

If you need to see Shia LaBeouf's wang, just watch the video below.

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10:57AM on 05/22/2013
I could care less about the sex or nudity , though some people here are getting their turnips in a twat about it. I mainly want to know more about the plot. Von Trier ain't for everybody but I dig his stuff.
I could care less about the sex or nudity , though some people here are getting their turnips in a twat about it. I mainly want to know more about the plot. Von Trier ain't for everybody but I dig his stuff.
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10:52AM on 05/22/2013
I could care less about the sex or nudity , though some people here are getting their turnips in a twat about it. I mainly want to know more about the plot. Von Trier ain't for everybody but I dig his stuff.
I could care less about the sex or nudity , though some people here are getting their turnips in a twat about it. I mainly want to know more about the plot. Von Trier ain't for everybody but I dig his stuff.
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9:05AM on 05/22/2013

UGH.

So....it's basically going to be like the intro in Antichrist, two porn actors doing what they do everyday, except it's going to be passed off as high art. Big fucking deal. Fuck this movie-Melancholia was excellent, a movie with something to say that didn't rely on low-class shock value. So why is Von Trier reverting to this excrement again? And Charlotte Gainsbourg is such a phenomenal actress-why does she hang around this doucher so much?
So....it's basically going to be like the intro in Antichrist, two porn actors doing what they do everyday, except it's going to be passed off as high art. Big fucking deal. Fuck this movie-Melancholia was excellent, a movie with something to say that didn't rely on low-class shock value. So why is Von Trier reverting to this excrement again? And Charlotte Gainsbourg is such a phenomenal actress-why does she hang around this doucher so much?
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9:49AM on 05/22/2013
Just because two people are having sex, it doesn't mean it's low class shock value. Even if it shows penetration. If that's low class to you, I guess we shouldn't show nudity also. As that might be considered low class. He is trying to push boundaries. Not create more.
Just because two people are having sex, it doesn't mean it's low class shock value. Even if it shows penetration. If that's low class to you, I guess we shouldn't show nudity also. As that might be considered low class. He is trying to push boundaries. Not create more.
8:57AM on 05/22/2013

Yeah...

There's art. And then there's garbage. Guess which one this is?
There's art. And then there's garbage. Guess which one this is?
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7:19AM on 05/22/2013
So, he wanted to do drama, with hardcore sex scenes... The whole point being to see the stars actually fuck... And NOW, he'll use SFX to have OTHER do the good stuff? Now THAT'S a letdown... Basically, Mr I'll do my 'art' whatever it takes, just cheated on us !
So, he wanted to do drama, with hardcore sex scenes... The whole point being to see the stars actually fuck... And NOW, he'll use SFX to have OTHER do the good stuff? Now THAT'S a letdown... Basically, Mr I'll do my 'art' whatever it takes, just cheated on us !
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10:36PM on 05/21/2013
I get that Lars has a different sort of creativity, but you have to admit that his films - while unique and provocative - are ultimately just awkwardly dull and constantly dipped in such heavy depression. And then there's the persistent weirdness with the penises and melancholic sex. I'm no saint and have nothing against sex and nudity in films, but I can never shake the feeling that his films are pretentiously artsy.

Plus this whole self-imposed ban nonsense makes him seem like a genuine
I get that Lars has a different sort of creativity, but you have to admit that his films - while unique and provocative - are ultimately just awkwardly dull and constantly dipped in such heavy depression. And then there's the persistent weirdness with the penises and melancholic sex. I'm no saint and have nothing against sex and nudity in films, but I can never shake the feeling that his films are pretentiously artsy.

Plus this whole self-imposed ban nonsense makes him seem like a genuine weirdo. If you said something controversial and pushed some buttons, learn to apologize and move on. What are you, 5 years old?
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11:50PM on 05/21/2013
Maybe you should just stick with watching comic book movies. :/
Maybe you should just stick with watching comic book movies. :/
3:08AM on 05/22/2013
@evil eric: Maybe you should stick with the dictionary and learn the word "opinion". God forbid anyone should say anything about the phenomenal visionary Lars Von Trier, otherwise one of his artsy-fartsy followers and supposedly philosophical deep-thinkers like yourself will come along and pass hollow, weightless remarks that make you seem just as pretentious as the person you're defending.
@evil eric: Maybe you should stick with the dictionary and learn the word "opinion". God forbid anyone should say anything about the phenomenal visionary Lars Von Trier, otherwise one of his artsy-fartsy followers and supposedly philosophical deep-thinkers like yourself will come along and pass hollow, weightless remarks that make you seem just as pretentious as the person you're defending.
9:43AM on 05/22/2013
Or, maybe you should learn how to watch movies. Especially since the movie hasn't come out yet, nor has a trailer.
Or, maybe you should learn how to watch movies. Especially since the movie hasn't come out yet, nor has a trailer.
12:44PM on 05/22/2013
Okay, I don't want this to turn into a silly keyboard battle, especially since your rebuttal just proved to me that you don't really understand anything that you read. You're just defensive, and arguing with defensive people is a waste of time because it's hardly ever an intelligent conversation, so I'm most likely done here. I stand by my views. Lars' films come off as pretentious. Have a nice day.
Okay, I don't want this to turn into a silly keyboard battle, especially since your rebuttal just proved to me that you don't really understand anything that you read. You're just defensive, and arguing with defensive people is a waste of time because it's hardly ever an intelligent conversation, so I'm most likely done here. I stand by my views. Lars' films come off as pretentious. Have a nice day.
1:00PM on 05/22/2013
Good luck. I hope Iron Man 4 comes out soon enough for you.
Good luck. I hope Iron Man 4 comes out soon enough for you.
9:23PM on 05/21/2013
It's usually better if you introduce the person that you're quoting before quoting them. Just a thought...
It's usually better if you introduce the person that you're quoting before quoting them. Just a thought...
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6:06PM on 05/21/2013
So the movie didnt show at Cannes because the penetration shots werent ready? This isn't filmmaking, it's solely for shock value. Plus Im not sure how comfortable audiences are going to be while watching Shia Lebouf's perceived cock going into some girl on an 80 ft screen
So the movie didnt show at Cannes because the penetration shots werent ready? This isn't filmmaking, it's solely for shock value. Plus Im not sure how comfortable audiences are going to be while watching Shia Lebouf's perceived cock going into some girl on an 80 ft screen
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6:43PM on 05/21/2013
No it's not. I guess you haven't seen anything he's done before. Lars Von Trier isn't for everyone. It's easy for people to dismiss him as just trying to make something shocking, yet have no other argument behind it. Von Trier is usually trying to make something different, not the standard formulaic type films that pervade cinema these days.
No it's not. I guess you haven't seen anything he's done before. Lars Von Trier isn't for everyone. It's easy for people to dismiss him as just trying to make something shocking, yet have no other argument behind it. Von Trier is usually trying to make something different, not the standard formulaic type films that pervade cinema these days.
6:47PM on 05/21/2013
What do you mean 'have no argument behind it"? I said he's delaying it because the penetration shots werent ready like the article says. Did you not read the article, or are you blindly defending Von Trier?
What do you mean 'have no argument behind it"? I said he's delaying it because the penetration shots werent ready like the article says. Did you not read the article, or are you blindly defending Von Trier?
11:48PM on 05/21/2013
Your argument that this movie, "isn't film making, it's solely for shock value." It's called reading comprehension.
Your argument that this movie, "isn't film making, it's solely for shock value." It's called reading comprehension.
5:33PM on 05/21/2013
All I knew was that Charlotte Gainsbourg was in it, and was wondering how he planned to pull that off.
All I knew was that Charlotte Gainsbourg was in it, and was wondering how he planned to pull that off.
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5:26PM on 05/21/2013
Sorry I get his movies are usually provocative in the first place, but this movie seems just to be made for shock value.
Sorry I get his movies are usually provocative in the first place, but this movie seems just to be made for shock value.
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6:46PM on 05/21/2013
It's easy to dismiss his work like that. But if you actually read the synopsis, maybe you'd be intrigued to actually watch something that isn't par for the course. Or maybe that's what you enjoy.
It's easy to dismiss his work like that. But if you actually read the synopsis, maybe you'd be intrigued to actually watch something that isn't par for the course. Or maybe that's what you enjoy.
5:18PM on 05/21/2013
So then I'm guessing the people complaining about the underwear scene in Star Trek should probably skip this one all together.
So then I'm guessing the people complaining about the underwear scene in Star Trek should probably skip this one all together.
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7:10PM on 05/21/2013
HA!
HA!
7:19PM on 05/21/2013
High five to you good sir!
High five to you good sir!
7:27PM on 05/21/2013
Boom-shanka!
Boom-shanka!
9:47PM on 05/21/2013
SNAP!!
SNAP!!