Kate Winslet has explained why she turned down the offer of a body double for her sex scenes with Saoirse Ryan in new film, Ammonite.
The actor plays real-life palaeontologist Mary Anning in the new romantic drama. Anning was a prominent 19th century English fossil collector whose work was overlooked by her scientific contemporaries because she was female. Ammonite tells the story of Anning falling in love with married geologist Charlotte Murchison, played by Ryan.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Winslet said she insisted on shooting the sex scenes with Ryan herself because she saw it as an opportunity to get real about the changes women's bodies go through as they get older. Something, she believes, Hollywood has often overlooked.
'I’m nearly 45, and Saoirse is almost half my age,' she explained. 'And to have an opportunity to be my real 40-something self, post-children, you know? Women aren’t really having the courage to do that. I was just excited to say, "This is what it is, peeps. This is how I am now, and it’s very much not the body I had 20 years ago."'
Winslet also discussed the importance of choreographing sex scenes with Ryan herself, rather than Director Francis Lee instructing them from behind the camera.
'I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe,' she said. 'Francis was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, "Listen, let us work it out." And we did. "We’ll start here. We’ll do this with the kissing, boobs, you go down there, then you do this, then you climb up here."'
The trailer for the film was released this week, and critics are already tipping the drama for an Oscar nomination. But the storyline has faced questioning from some of Anning's living relatives who say the palaeontologist's sexuality was never confirmed.
Ammonite's UK release date is yet to be confirmed.
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