Actor Sean Bean faces backlash after questioning intimacy coordinators

‘Game of Thrones’ star Sean Bean is facing backlash after saying on-set intimacy coordinators can inhibit actors and ‘spoil the spontaneity’ of sex scenes.

Bean, in an interview with The Times of London published last week, spoke about the work of intimacy coordinators, who have appeared on sets in recent years to help actors navigate and feel safe while filming. vulnerable scenes.

“It would inhibit me more because it draws attention to things,” said Bean, who played Ned Stark on the hit HBO series. “Someone who says, ‘Do this, put your hand there, while you’re touching his thing…'” the actor laughs.

“I think the natural behavior of lovers would be ruined by someone reducing it to a technical exercise,” he added.

Bean attends Wizard World Comic Con 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 19, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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When the Times interviewer pointed out that intimacy coordinators need to protect actors after the Me Too movement from sexual misconduct on the job, Bean referred to actress Lena Hall, who filmed a nude scene with him in “Snowpiercer”.

“I guess it depends on the actress,” Bean said. “This one had a musical cabaret background, so she was ready for anything.”

Hall spoke in a Twitter thread shortly after the interview was published, explaining that she needed to “clarify some information in this random article”.

“Just because I’m in the theater (not cabaret, but I play them once in a while) doesn’t mean I’m ready for anything,” she wrote. “Seriously, it depends on the other actor, the scene we’re about to do, the director and the crew that has to be there to film it.”

“Sean is an awesome actor and made me feel not only comfortable, but like I had a real acting partner in those weird scenes,” Hall continued.

She also recognized the importance of intimacy coordinators.

“If I feel comfortable with my stage partner and the others in the room, I won’t need an intimacy coordinator.” Room explained. “BUT if there’s a part of me that feels weird, gross, overexposed, etc., I’ll dispute the necessity of the scene or want an IC.”

“The Good Place” actors Jameela Jamil and “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler also responded to Bean’s comments.

“It should only be technical. It’s like a waterfall,” Jamil tweeted monday. “Our job as actors is to make sure it doesn’t seem technical. Nobody wants an impromptu trial and error…”

“Intimacy coordinators establish a safe environment for actors,” Zegler wrote. “I was extremely grateful for the one we had on WSS – they showed grace to a newcomer like me + educated those around me who had years of experience. Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be dangerous. Wake up.”

Other actors like “Ex Machina” star Alicia Vikander have said in the past that they felt “unprotected” while filming certain scenes in the days leading up to intimacy coordinators.

“It’s the worst thing doing these scenes,” the Oscar-winning actress said in a candid interview with Harper’s Bazaar in April. “I’m very comfortable with my body and I’ve done quite a few nudity and sex scenes, but it’s never easy.”

Vikander added that intimacy coordinators “should have existed at the start of my career.”


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