Lena Dunham‘s Girls is known for pushing the boundaries.
So it’s no surprise the funny lady, along with showrunner Jenni Konner and producer Judd Apatow, discovered the sexually explicit line HBO was NOT willing to cross. Oooh, go on!
With the final season of Girls set to launch on February 12, Miz Dunham sat down with the cast and executives who made the show possible for a candid chat with The Hollywood Reporter. Since both Lena and the network are known for being comfortable with nudity, it was inneresting to learn that there was one plot point about male ejaculation which HBO was not willing to touch.
Apatow kicked off the convo as he shared:
“From the beginning, we were aware that what we were doing was sexually provocative, and that’s what made it interesting and new and fun. Lena wanted to reveal something that is normally hidden ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ so often you’re not talking about a giant part of most people’s lives because people don’t want to portray it on film ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and that opened up tons of stories that you’re usually not able to tell. But then we had a scene with a conclusion shot├óΓé¼┬ª “
The Golden Globe winner then interrupted as she quipped:
“It was actually c*m arcing through a shot.”
Oh dang! That’s quite a visual.
“And HBO said, ‘If this is in the show, we could lose our license.’ We were like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve actually found the line at HBO.'”
HBO’s former entertainment president Sue Naegle went on to describe the act as a “fire hose.” HIGHlarious!
Nonetheless, Lena eventually worked the c*m shot (FYI not real semen, folks) into her show through a scene between Adam Driver‘s character and guest star Shiri Appleby. Of course, this sex scene caused controversy that had NOTHING to do with the conditioner and Cetaphil solution. As you may recall, many fans were upset as they thought the scene depicted a rape!
“When people watched that scene and said, ‘Is that rape?’ I was surprised. To me, that was a fully consensual bummer of a sex scene. But that was one where people got upset, and I was thrilled for the feedback because it was really thoughtful and emotional ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ it wasn’t just this knee-jerk, ‘Oh, we did something else that pissed people off.'”
Appleby also noted she “never saw it as rape.” Intense stuff.
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