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
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.