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Monday, 5 December 2016

Last Tango In Paris rape scene confession sparks Hollywood backlash

Director Bernardo Bertolucci says he did not tell the star because he "wanted her reaction as a girl and not as an actress"


Hollywood has condemned the director of Last Tango In Paris after he admitted a rape scene detail was added without consent.
In a recently resurfaced interview, Bernardo Bertolucci said he conspired with actor Marlon Brando to add an unscripted detail to a graphic rape scene without the actress' consent.
In the controversial scene, Brando's character is seen sexually assaulting Maria Schneider's character, using a pack of butter.
Bertolucci said he kept this detail out of the script to get Schneider's "reaction as a girl, not as an actress".
"I wanted her to react humiliated," he said.
"I didn't want Maria to act with age and humiliation, I wanted her to feel the rage and humiliation. 
"Then she hated me for all of her life."
The republishing of the 2013 interview has led to some Hollywood actors voicing their disgust at the admission on Twitter.
The Martian star Jessica Chastain tweeted: "To all the people that love this film - you're watching a 19yr old get raped by a 48yr old man. The director planned her attack. I feel sick."
Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood, who recently revealed she has been raped twice, wrote in a post: "This is heartbreaking and outrageous. The 2 of them are very sick individuals to think that was OK."
Captain America lead Chris Evans tweeted: "Wow. I will never look at this film, Bertolucci or Brando the same way again. This is beyond disgusting. I feel rage."
Last Tango In Paris was made in 1972 and tells the story of a man who enters into an anonymous affair after his wife takes her own life. 
It shocked audiences when it was released because of its explicit sex scenes and is still considered controversial. 
In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper in 2007, Ms Schneider said she had felt "humiliated" and "a little raped". 
She also said she was told about the nature of the scene shortly before it was shot, but it was not in the original script. 
"I was so angry," she said. 
"I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can't force someone to do something that isn't in the script, but at the time, I didn't know that."
Ms Schneider struggled with drug addiction and depression following the movie and died from cancer in 2011, aged 58.
Mr Bertolucci did admit he felt guilty about how he treated Ms Schneider, who was 19 at the time, but does not regret the scene.


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