TV Sex scenes could be scrapped as social distancing rules force actors apart – The Sun

SEX scenes on TV could be banned due to the Coronavirus.

During the pandemic, dramas filmed during lockdown will have to rely on actors flexing other more imaginative sexy skills.

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Movement and intimacy co-ordinator Ita O’Brien said actors needed to take a new approach when it comes to filming sex scenes.

And instead of physically coming into contact with their love interest, they should portray ‘intention’ instead.

The 55-year-old expert has worked on Sally Rooney's Normal People as well as the BBC’s Gentleman Jack and Netflix’s Sex Education.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme how intimacy could be shown through other means while keeping a safe distance apart and by having no skin on skin contact.

She said: "Intimacy co-ordination is about serving characters, serving storytelling. There’s so much intimacy that can be shown.

"We can still tell intimate stories but through intention… we’re really sculpting clearly the gaze, and movement towards each other that might not require actual touch, but we can still generate all that intimacy."

Referring to the couple in Normal People, she said: "The first time Marianne and Connell make love… She’s sat on his bed, he’s on a chair, that journey to stepping towards each other – we can help sculpt that, support the actors in that intimacy without touch."

Director Lenny Abrahamson, 53, didn't want to bring social distancing into the storyline.

He said: "It’s more likely we will wait until restrictions are eased or find ways of testing and isolating key cast and crew so a core group don’t need to socially isolate."

The drama is set in Ireland and follows the relationship of young lovers Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones).

Staying true to the book, the couple has a lot of sex with the depiction of the romps being hailed as very realistic.

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