Emma Thompson on Sean Beans intimacy, Oscar

The Oscar-winner responded to Beans comments about how intimacy coordinators spoil the spontaneity of love scenes. Emma Thompson, and several other actresses, pushed back on Sean Beans recent comments on intimacy coordinators.

During an appearance on Australias Fitzy & Wippa radio show, Thompson was asked what she made of the Game of Thrones actors claim that intimacy coordinators spoil the spontaneity of sex scenes.

I dont know if you were speaking to someone who found it distracting, Thompson said, but [in] another conversation, you might find that people go, It made me comfortable, it made me feel safe, it made me feel as though I was able to do this work.

So intimacy coordinators are the most fantastic introduction in our work. And no, you cant just let it flow, Thompson continued. Theres a camera there and a crew, its not on your own in a hotel room. Youre surrounded by a bunch of blokes carrying things. So, its not a comfortable situation, full stop.

Thompson then joked, So, I dont know who the actor was, but maybe he had an intimacy coordinator accidentally at home.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Bean said the coordinators reduce the natural way lovers behave into a technical excercise.

It would inhibit me more because its drawing attention to things, he said. Somebody saying, Do this, put your hands there while you touch his thing.

Several actors spoke out against Beans comments including Jameela Jamil and West Side Story star Rachel Zegler.

Intimacy coordinators establish an environment of safety for actors, she tweeted. I was extremely grateful for the one we had on [West Side Story] — they showed grace to a newcomer like myself + educated those around me whove had years of experience.

Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be unsafe, she added. Wake up.

Despite her pro-intimacy coordinator stance, Thompson and her Good Luck to You, Leo Grande co-star actually eschewed having one in their film about the relationship between a widow and the sex worker she hires.

Intimacy coordinators are really important, and their work is so valuable and so useful and needed, McCormack told Variety, but at the same time, we were able to come to each other and go, What do you think is going to best serve our relationship with this? And we just found that out of the safety and out of the connection that we had already found. It felt real exciting to us to actually build that ourselves with the director.

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack on the nude scene (and snacks) of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are in the middle of a long press day for their new film, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, and they swear theyre not tired of talking about nudity — quite the opposite, in fact. The sweet, sex-positive dramedy, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year, has a lot to do with lovemaking. It follows Nancy Stokes (Thompson), a widowed and retired school teacher, who is yearning for some adventure, so she hires a handsome young sex worker named Leo Grande (McCormack, of TVs Peaky Blinders).

Dont be so diminishing, dont be so reductive, Thompson playfully teases when EW asks about the onscreen sex. No, no, were having a wonderful time! Were talking about all sorts of things.

True to her word, Thompson and McCormack touched on everything from the completely nude rehearsal they did with director Sophie Hyde, to the way the 63-year-old double Oscar winner approached her powerful full-frontal scene, and the importance of on-set snacks.

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