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Salma Hayek spoke about the traumatic experience of filming a sex scene with Antonio Banderas: “I was crying”

Salma Hayek spoke about the traumatic experience of filming a sex scene with Antonio Banderas: "I cried"

Salma Hayek in the movie Desperate

The 1995 action movie Desperate, directed by Robert Rodriguez, became the first Hollywood movie in the career of Mexican actress Salma Hayek. Recently, in one of the podcasts with actor Dax Shepard, the actress remembered this film experience and shared the emotions she experienced during the filming.

Salma Hayek in the movie DesperateSalma Hayek in the movie Desperate

Salma admitted that the director did not initially warn her about the sex scene, which she was to play with the already rather experienced partner Antonio Banderas. According to the director’s idea, in the frame Salma was supposed to appear completely naked and convincingly play a passionate night of love with Banderas. Upon learning of this, Hayek (she was 28 at the time) could not hold back her tears.

As soon as we started filming, I began to sob and say, “I don’t know if I can do it. I’m afraid.” Antonio himself scared me. He behaved like a true gentleman and was very nice – we are still good friends – but he was relaxed and free. It scared me that it cost him nothing to play this sex scene. Then I started crying, and he said: “Oh my God! You make me feel terrible.” And I was so embarrassed I just couldn’t hold back my tears

– said Hayek.

Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas in DesperateSalma Hayek and Antonio Banderas in Desperate

In the same conversation, Salma clarified that both Antonio and the film’s director, Robert Rodriguez, did their best to make her feel comfortable on the set. The actress also added that the director did not put any pressure on her, however, she emphasized that she still considers this experience of hers quite traumatic:

I could not lower the towel. Then they started to make me laugh, I took it off for two seconds and started crying again. But we managed, did everything we could. When you get used to the role, you can do it. However, I still kept thinking about the reaction of my father and brother: “And will they see this? And they will be teased about this?” It’s different with guys. Their fathers in such situations are likely to say: “Yes! This is my son!”

Recall that recently, Salma’s colleague Kate Winslet also shared her experience of filming in sex scenes. She admitted that at the beginning of her career it was extremely uncomfortable for her to act in intimate scenes, because there were no coordinators of such scenes on the set at that time.

Salma Hayek in the movie DesperateSalma Hayek in the movie Desperate

In the film “Desperate” Antonio Banderas played a former successful musician, and Salma – his girlfriend. When the life of his beloved is at stake, the hero of Banderas gets involved in a dangerous game against the king of the underworld. Now in his guitar case, he carries not a musical instrument, but a whole mountain of edged weapons.

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in the movie DesperateAntonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in the movie Desperate

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