The End Of The Movie Sex Scene?

GQ (Australia) - - CHAMPION -

Dakota John­son called them “sweaty and not very com­fort­able”, Rebel Wil­son found hers “dis­gust­ing”, and Henry Cav­ill once had to apol­o­gise to his fe­male co-star for an in­ci­dent that arose from not hav­ing “re­ar­ranged my stuff into a harm­less po­si­tion”. We’re talk­ing sex scenes – and the news they may be on bor­rowed time. “Au­di­ences ex­pect some de­gree of sex­u­al­ity in PG-13 dra­mas, usu­ally tied into a ro­man­tic sto­ry­line, es­pe­cially in young adult movies like Twi­light and Diver­gent – but too much may be off-putting, and this ap­plies to ac­tion movies too,” says Ben Spergel, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of con­sumer in­sights at en­ter­tain­ment re­searchers C4. Sex scenes are now the first things to get cut in an edit, and it’s down to the fact that they no longer sell on the big screen. Of the top 10 high­est-gross­ing movies, Ti­tanic is the only one that in­cludes a sex scene. But that’s not to say they’re gone al­to­gether. “In TV, the sex­ual trend is in­creas­ing,” says Spergel. “Tra­di­tional, ad-sup­ported net­works once shied away from such con­tent, but HBO, Show­time and stream­ing ser­vices have more lee­way to in­clude sex­ual sit­u­a­tions. Au­di­ences ex­pect it and have grown de­sen­si­tised to it.” Dra­mas like Em­pire and Scan­dal promi­nently fea­ture sex, but ex­pect it in come­dies, too, “as sin­gle-cam­era come­dies re­place those taped in front of au­di­ences”.

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