FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
Stars of Forgetting Sarah Marshall - Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Kirsten Bell
and Russell Brand Ė talk about the nude scenes, sex positions and how they drew
on real life for their film shoot.
Q: How were the nude scenes?
MK: I wasnít naked. I had a little nipple cover. In one of the early cuts
you could see a nipple. Jason and I were having sex and on the side all you
could see is a blue butterfly right in front of the nipples.
JS: I think this is the first movie with nudity, but no female nudity,
only male nudity. Itís bizarre.
Q: Did you feel embarrassed?
JS: I was born to some extent without a sense of shame and any amount of shame I
have had Judd has beaten out of me for the last 10 years. Heís been slowly
undressing me on camera since Freaks and Geeks. It started with little Speedo
underwear on Freaks and Geeks and by Undeclared he had me in just a towel and in
Knocked Up he had me naked but covering myself. And now heís finally achieved
his master goal of me being naked. The thing that I like about it is itís not
gratuitous in the way that itís done. Itís also not done for a cheap laugh. Itís
not like Iím running through the Hawaiian beach and my towel falls off and
everyone laughs. It takes place in a dramatic scene where the guy is literally
having the most vulnerable moment of his life. The woman he wants to marry is
dumping him, and having him be naked in that scene, I think, metaphorically, it
was everything that he was going through realized.
The other reason its in there is that I had a naked break-up in my younger
years. I was dating this woman who got back from a trip she was on and she
called me literally from the airport. She was like, ďI just landed, I need to
come see you.Ē And I took that to mean, ďIíve been on a trip, I need to have
sex.Ē So she arrives at my house and Iím there waiting for her like a flabby
Chippendales model and she walks through the door and I did the east/west and I
said, ďHey baby, Iíve been waiting for you.Ē And she looked at me sadly and
said, ďJason, we need to talk.Ē
And I knew what was happening and this break-up commences where all of a sudden
Iím being dumped while Iím naked, and the whole time, and this might have been
part of the problem in the relationship, I should be experiencing this as a
person having a real moment in their life, and all I kept thinking was I cannot
wait for her to leave so I can call Judd and tell him what just happened because
nothing funnier in my life will ever happen than this. So thatís why itís in
Q: Russell, are you jealous of Jasonís full frontal nude scene?
RB: Only because it was with her. That was the only thing that made me
jealous. Often what Iíd do is stand outside Kristenís bungalow naked at night. I
said, ďJason does it.Ē But they said, ďThat is in the film.Ē So? We donít know
that this isnít being filmed by perhaps a superior intelligence that regards us
as ants. I said, ďWe canít prove that and you canít use that in court.Ē
Q: Whatís the best thing about being promiscuous?
RB: The best thing about being promiscuous is you meet a lot of people
very quickly and you have a lot of orgasms. The worst thing is a prevailing
sense of nihilistic loss, or meaninglessness, so that everything is
interchangeable and nothing is permanent. So promiscuity is beneficial in some
respects because you recognize everyone is beautiful and itís good to have
sexual encounters. Do you only want to have sex? What do you mean only? Iím
bloody good at it! I'm better at sex than talking so thatís one of the best
things you could do with me.
Q7: How did you come up with the sexual aerobics in the film?
KB: We come up with those ourselves. We were shoved into a room about a
week after knowing each other and were told to use our yoga expertise and we
came up with 15 of the most awkward sexual positions possible.
RB: They did shove us as well. We didnít want to go in that room! All we
had to entertain us was sexual positions. Luckily our chemistry was good so we
came up with some very elaborate positions.
Published August 21, 2008
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