Apparently Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have shared more Allied awkwardness than just rumors of on-set two-timing. UsWeekly says that Marion admitted during a press conference for Allied in Los Angeles on Sunday that while it might look hot that her and Brad’s characters get it on in a car in a sandstorm, filming it wasn’t nearly as sexy.
We’ve heard from dozens of actors who say that filming a sex scene is about as sexy as watching the lighting intern patch a reflector. Marion gives us even more evidence that it’s awkward and weird.
“We rehearse and had a very determined choreography, and then it allows you freedom. When you know exactly what your body will do, then you can act and you can be free to give the emotions and give the feelings because you won’t think, ‘What am I going to do next? Am I going to go on top of him?’ It’s an awkward situation. We laughed because you need to get it out because this is so weird. And so you get this time of looking at each other and saying, ‘OK, this is so weird.’ And then we go into this and then I’m going on top of you and then we are going to kiss.”
Marion has said several times that nothing happened between her and Brad while filming Allied, so I’m sure she thought about that answer long and hard before she said it to avoid a mess. If she said she liked pretending to hump on Brad Pitt, it would trigger Angelina Jolie’s homewrecker sense, which would no doubt be followed by another round of “Brad Pitt is a cheating dog!” headlines. If Marion went a little too extra, like saying she hated it and had to go to a hypnotist to have the experience erased from her memory, people would probably figure she was doth protesting too much.
If she wanted to distract from the situation without bringing Brad back into it, she could have just said: “I’m glad it was fake, because there’s no way you could have sex in a car in a sandstorm without some of the sand blowing in.” I’m sure a lot of people at that press conference would want to immediately change the subject the second they got the mental image of sand getting stuck in their ass crack.