Why Idris told Kate she had to keep her socks on…

Cold com­fort: Kate Winslet warmed up Idris Elba in a sex scene in The Moun­tain Be­tween

The Sunday Telegraph - - Features -

One of the things that I find en­dear­ing about Kate Winslet is her no-non­sense, just-get-on­with-it at­ti­tude. This qual­ity was ap­par­ently on splen­did show while film­ing sex scenes with Idris Elba for their new movie The Moun­tain Be­tween.

Elba, a rel­a­tive sex scene in­génue, and the di­rec­tor, Hany Abu-As­sad, were “ner­vous” and there­fore a bit slug­gish get­ting the scene go­ing. “I had to be quite bossy,” Winslet told Gra­ham Nor­ton. “Ev­ery­thing was mov­ing a bit slowly so I just said, ‘OK boys, this is what we are go­ing to do’.” That’s my girl.

Things soon got rather more in­ter­est­ing. Cu­ri­ously, as they pre­pared to romp, Elba stated a pref­er­ence for Winslet to keep her socks on. Socks in a sex scene?

Per­son­ally, I think there is noth­ing less erotic than socks (though I’ve just found this is a topic of heated de­bate). Turns out Elba agrees with me – and then some. Ever the pro­fes­sional, he wanted the socks to stay on to avoid gen­uine arousal. While for my sort, socks are just a turn-off, plain and sim­ple, for Elba, they cover a part of the body that drive him wild: the feet. Make what you will of the fact that, con­fronted with Winslet’s full-bod­ied lus­cious­ness, it was her toot­sies that threat­ened to be his un­do­ing.

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