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Normal People Stars Didn’t Get Hurt By Sex Scenes Ending On Porn Sites

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Ordinary People

Ordinary people were known for their plethora of sex scenes (Picture: BBC / Element Pictures / Hulu)

Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson has expressed his views on the controversy surrounding scenes from the series ending on porn websites, saying it “didn’t hurt the actors”.

The series, adapted from the book of the same name by Sally Rooney, was known for its many passionate sex scenes, including the longest sex scene ever recorded on Irish television.

A huge hit in lockdown, this led to the most sex in a series for a BBC programme.

The show followed Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) when they fall in love, grow up and learn about sex and social dynamics during high school and college.

Although some clips from more intimate scenes, out of context, were distributed on porn sites after the series’ release, Abrahamson expressed his quick reaction to the situation and how the team felt they were ‘ethically’ doing their work. can defend. ,

‘I think we all, as a group, felt very solid with the work and knew that what we did was really good and important. We can morally defend it. i don’t think so [the repurposing of footage on porn websites] Hurt any actor,’ he added Radio Times,

Marian (Daisy Edgar Jones), Connell (Paul Mescal) in Ordinary People

The show, starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, was a huge hit with audiences (Picture: BBC / Element Pictures / Hulu)
Director Lenny Abrahamson gave his take on the prevalence of sex scenes online (Picture: Getty)

‘As a production unit we were direct with broadcasters and streamers, constantly to take anything down.’

He continued: ‘I guess that’s all you can do, otherwise you’re letting the worst people in society determine what you can do because that’s how they’ll figure it out.’

The director, who gained worldwide fame for directing the Oscar-nominated 2015 film Room with Brie Larson, is also back for an adaptation of Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends.

The play stars Sasha Lane and newcomer Alison Oliver as two students whose lives become intertwined with that of an older couple, played by Joe Alwyn and Jemima Kirke.

Abrahamson also returned to direct a second adaptation of Sally Rooney, in talks with Friends (Picture: BBC/Element Pictures/Anda Bowe)

Oliver has previously said that even Chat with Friends is no short on saucy romps Sex scenes feel ‘really appropriate’ because ‘a big part of how they communicate is through intimacy’.

The cast worked with renowned intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien on set, with director Abrahamson telling the publication that “he felt a great responsibility for his actors” and was confident that the scenes were not “ornamental” in any way.

He also revealed that the cast screened episodes for him ‘to make sure they were happy’ before the airing.

Read the full interview now in the latest edition of Radiotimes. Chat with Friends is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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