Emma Thompson Takes an Honest Look at Sex, Lust and Intimacy in ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’


HOLLYWOOD — Emma Thompson takes on a brave new role in “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.”

She plays a widow looking for the kind of sexual adventures she never had in her marriage. So she turns to an expert for help, and hires a sex worker to basically show her how it all happens – possibly triggering a sexual arousal.

The film is charming, comical and dramatic too.

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Thompson found the script, which required her and her co-star to take everything off, “amazing.”

“It was absolutely clear from the first moment of reading it that it had to be done, and it was such a beautiful, enjoyable, delightful storyline,” Thompson said. “I just felt it was a great privilege to have sent him.”

Daryl McCormack plays the young man who tries to help his client achieve her sexual goals.

“Certainly what I took away is that intimacy isn’t really separate from any other experience in our lives, and it’s very much tied to who we are and our sense of self,” said McCormack.

“It’s very hard, isn’t it, to feel pleasure if you spend all your time telling yourself that your body isn’t okay,” Thompson said. “If the vessel in which you are supposed to feel pleasure is something you cannot accept, you don’t have to like it or think it is the most beautiful thing on God’s Earth, but accepting it is very important, because then you can relax in it and you can feel in it and it belongs to you.”

“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” is rated R and is now streaming on Hulu.

Disney is the parent company of Hulu and this ABC station.

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