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Pattinson and Beltran: Director Talks of Sex, Acting in Little Ashes


Little Ashes director Paul Morrison discusses the sex scenes between Robert Pattinson and Javier Beltran in the forthcoming film about Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca:

Ashesonesheet "I think they were difficult, but I think all sex scenes are difficult, and for all actors of all ages. And I find them difficult, certainly, to direct, and ... you have to get very intense about them, and as a director be clear as to what you're looking for so they know that they're acting and they're not doing it, and I think Rob probably found it harder than Javier, to draw the line between performance and, ah, but that was also in the nature of the part, that Dali's sexuality was so complicated, complex and mysterious, I think even to himself, and his fear of sexuality, and if you're playing that role, that kind of rubs off on you, so I think sex and pain were so closely entwined with Dali that to play those scenes is also hard, and the triangle sex scene is an unbelievably difficult scene. One of those scenes in everybody's life when you're doing something and you know it's really really wrong, it really, it goes against the grain, but you're doing it, so playing that scene is hard, it's always hard."

Both actors have also spoken on this topic. Said Beltran: "We didn't have any problems with the sexuality. On the set it was less important than the emotions. The sex scenes are beautiful—tragic and painful." Said Pattinson: "And here I am, with Javier [Beltrán], who plays Lorca, doing an extremely hard-core sex scene, where I have a nervous breakdown afterward. And because we’re both straight, what we were doing seemed kind of ridiculous. (Now he’s sort of laughing.) Trying to do it doggie-style. Trying to have a nervous breakdown while doing it doggie- style. And it wasn’t even a closed set. There were all these Spanish electricians giggling to themselves."

Pattinson and Beltran share a kiss, AFTER THE JUMP...

Little Ashes opens in limited release on May 9.


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  1. Why, oh Why are we still listening to these people talk about this?

    Now the director is doing damage control for his film because of what this tool of a kid said last month.

    Enough already! Dali was tortured enough in his life, must we listen to this kid do it some more because he's insecure?!?

    No interest in the film, nor the actors.

    What's next?

    Posted by: Sean | May 1, 2009 2:17:23 PM

  2. I find his fake moustache really distracting in the promo poster.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 1, 2009 2:29:04 PM

  3. It's a surprisingly moving film. Javier Beltran gives a remarkable performance as Lorca, carrying the whole film from start to finish. I'd recommend it to anyone, I really didn't expect it to be as good as it was.

    Homophobic critics will hate it for it's subject matter and its frankness. So what? It's worth your time to check it out.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | May 1, 2009 4:17:59 PM

  4. Yeah, but Fastlad doesn't even know if he's a citizen or not and thinks Belledame is really a female.

    Posted by: JT | May 1, 2009 5:10:04 PM

  5. wow! i'm so fucking sick of seeing stories about this movie on Towleroad...move ON.

    Posted by: strangeways | May 1, 2009 6:23:43 PM

  6. @ strangeways

    why the hate??

    take a chill pill...DUDE.

    Posted by: Rowan | May 1, 2009 6:48:28 PM


    Posted by: DANIEL | May 2, 2009 1:46:09 AM

  8. Yes, why is there so much hate about this film and its actors? Is it just that Little Ashes is a bad film or is there some other context I'm not seeing?

    Posted by: TomThumb | May 2, 2009 3:47:24 AM

  9. The reason why I'm against straight actors playing gay is due to to their need to confirm their "manliness" in interviews. Say how hard it was to shoot the sex scenes and no one will think you're gay.

    Posted by: Carise | May 3, 2009 6:43:24 AM

  10. Daniel, of course I've seen Dali's. It was much fuller and never looked fake---just eccentric. Or crappy, depending on your perspective.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 4, 2009 3:03:40 AM

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