- Sean Bean says intimacy coordinators “spoil” sex scenes.
- “The natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise,” he said.
- Intimacy coordinators have been placed on sets since the #MeToo movement to protect actors.
Sean Bean believes intimacy coordinators “spoil the spontaneity” on a set during sex scenes.
“It would inhibit me more because it’s drawing attention to things,” Bean told UK’s The Sunday Times (via Variety). “Somebody saying, ‘Do this, put your hands there, while you touch his thing… I think the natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise.”
The actor, who is best known for playing Ned Stark on “Game of Thrones” and Boromir in “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,” noted how “spontaneous” the sex scenes in the 1993 miniseries “Lady Chatterley” were. He starred in the scenes opposite costar Joely Richardson.
“It was a joy,” he said. “We had a good chemistry between us, and we knew what we were doing was unusual. Because she was married, I was married. But we were following the story. We were trying to portray the truth of what DH Lawrence wrote.”
Bean currently stars on the TNT series “Snowpiercer” and noted his disappointment that a nude scene between him and costar Lena Hall (and the use of a mango) was edited due to its racy nature.
“Often the best work you do, where you’re trying to push the boundaries, and the very nature of it is experimental, gets censored when TV companies or the advertisers say it’s so much,” he said. “It’s a nice scene, quite surreal, dream-like and abstract. And mango-esque.”
When Times reporter Janice Turner told the actor that intimacy coordinators are on set to protect actors post #MeToo, Bean responded: “I suppose it depends on the actress. [Hall] had a musical cabaret background, so she was up for anything.”
Bean’s old show, “Game of Thrones,” has been criticized in the past for depicting sexual abuse. The topic has resurfaced recently as HBO releases a prequel to the popular series, “House of the Dragon.” Showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal told Insider there are no incidents of “sexual violence” depicted in the first season of the show.