Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC to Digitally Blend Actors and Body Doubles for Hardcore Sex Scenes

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If you were hoping to see some of your favorite actors going at it for real in Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, I have some disappointing news for you.  Producer Louise Vesth tells THR that the two-part feature will digitally blend the stars of the movie with their body doubles.  Everything above the waist will be the name actor, and then their body doubles will handle the hardcore sex below.  “We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two,” says Vesth.  The producer added that Von Trier is also “using double exposures and imposing words and symbols over the action as part of his storytelling.”

Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr, and Udo Kier.   Although some footage was shown to potential buyers at the Cannes, the completed film will bypass the major festivals in the fall, and premiere in Denmark.  Magnolia will distribute the movie in the U.S., but we don’t know if they’ll be distributing both the hardcore and the softcore versions.

nymphomanaic-cast-promo-photoThe revelation about the sex scenes isn’t too surprising, especially since the producers had previously mentioned that the sex scenes “will be performed with the help of body doubles and visual effects.”  Von Trier has also come close to this ground before.  In Antichrist, he opened the film with Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg’s characters having sex, but then cutting below the waste to see a hardcore depiction that was created using body doubles.  What’s happening in Nymphomaniac is simply the evolution of that and then stretched across the entire movie.  I also love that while other digital artists are trying to make superheroes and set pieces appear more realistic, Von Trier is walking into the room and saying, “I want audiences to really believe that they’re seeing Udo Kier’s junk.”  (Note: I don’t know if Udo Kier is involved in any of the sex scenes, but I just wanted to give you that visual.  You’re welcome.)

And if you think that the movie is just going to be about the visual gimmick, Vesth assure THR, “Lars has thrown everything in this one. It’s about religion, about God, about philosophy,” and she hopes that Von Trier will speak openly about the movie when it comes time to do press.  I hope he does as well.

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  • bidi

    poor Shia. he thought he was gonna finally branch out and do something groundbreaking, to prove to us all that he’s an ac-tor. maybe next time

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

    Except Charlotte Gainsbourg. She will do real sex. Because she loves it!

    • Bo

      And you know this how? You sound like you’re 12 yrs. old or exist with the mentality of a 12 yr. old. Get a grip! Ms. Gainsbourg is one of the most serious and talented actresses working in the world. Grow up and recognize that and perhaps have a little respect. Jeez! Sorry Tarek…but someone had to try to knock some sense into you!! For your sake I hope it works. Best to you…

      • joeybot

        She’s a ho-ah.

      • joeybot

        She’s a ho-ah.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

        Maybe… We are all young kids with moustache. The only thing that changes is the size of our toys.

        Maybe you are right about Charlotte. Still…she loves the thing. That’s a fact. ^^

    • Bo

      And you know this how? You sound like you’re 12 yrs. old or exist with the mentality of a 12 yr. old. Get a grip! Ms. Gainsbourg is one of the most serious and talented actresses working in the world. Grow up and recognize that and perhaps have a little respect. Jeez! Sorry Tarek…but someone had to try to knock some sense into you!! For your sake I hope it works. Best to you…

  • Phil

    There’s no real difference between shooting a movie like this and shooting a porn film. I’d be very uncomfortable on the set of Lars Von Trier film.

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  • Bo

    Matt, Matt…you really do need to have someone re-read your writing to avoid looking like such a dummy….the sentence you wrote….’below the waste’…waste? It does sound like waist, but there’s a big difference my friend. I’m gonna give ya a break on this one, Matt. Just try to do better next time as these types of typos or whatever you’d call this just gets in the way of your opinions and renderings; which I enjoy by the way!

    • joeybot

      How do YOU know they’re not fucking in a garbage dump?

      • Bo

        I was funnin’ with Matt…it’s called irony…jeez…and fucking in a garbage dump? Why don’t you re-read Matt’s blog and see what the sentence is about? Man oh man…he just simply wrote waste rather than waist…I was teasing him…and you’re defending him with a really dumb fucking in a garbage dump? Look, he doesn’t need someone that moronic to stand up for him…garbage dump? I’m gonna go jump out a window on that one joeybot!!! (sorry…it’ll only be a ground level window)
        That’s called irony too…man oh man oh man oh man…people…where do they get such thoughts from? Ah…it was a good laugh though so thanks joeybot…hang in there man!

      • joeybot

        Bo, what’s it like being stupid?

      • Bo

        Good lord, Joeybot…go to the other side of the playground where the other 8 yr. olds are playing with toys in the sandbox arguing about whose Daddy can beat up the other Daddy or telling each other their mommies wear kelly boots. Reminds me of a clown who approached me and asked me what’s it like being a clown!! Duh!
        In other words, not to piss you off or anything, but I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know. Sorry, couldn’t resist…gotta leave the playground now and act my age. You should try it! Jeez, this is too much fun…gotta get a life…I really do….any suggestions Joeybot.?

      • joeybot

        So, the answer is you don’t know that you’re stupid.

    • joeybot

      How do YOU know they’re not fucking in a garbage dump?

  • Bo

    Matt, Matt…you really do need to have someone re-read your writing to avoid looking like such a dummy….the sentence you wrote….’below the waste’…waste? It does sound like waist, but there’s a big difference my friend. I’m gonna give ya a break on this one, Matt. Just try to do better next time as these types of typos or whatever you’d call this just gets in the way of your opinions and renderings; which I enjoy by the way!

  • Keegan

    This is garbage… von Trier is just pushing the boundaries for the sake of pushing the boundaries. There’s clearly no art to this intentionally over-the-top porno flick. He’s a decent enough director when he has his objectives straight like in Melancholia or Breaking the Waves, but then when he’s making movies that serve no other purpose other than to just see how ‘edgy’ he can be and what he can get away with (The Idiots and Anti-Christ… garbage), then it’s just a load of bullshit. I’m sure any themes this movie has of religion and God are extremely minimal and the focus is unconventional and overly graphic sex… as a creepy von Trier will be heard behind the camera breathing heavily as he rubs one out

    • Bo

      Well, gotta disagree with you here Keegan. Anti-Christ, in my most humble opinion was far from garbage. I thought it was brillant! Lots of stuff in there about how men try to manipulate and control women; how they abuse them mentally and physically…the husband….Willam Defore? was a control freak; a shrink who really thought he was ‘helping’ his wife when he was just being selfish and self-centered and trying to control her. Good stuff! Anyway…to each his own….sorry you missed out on von Trier’s intentions with the film, Keegan. Your misfortune sadly (lol), but hell one has the right to not like von Trier’s stuff. It ain’t for the herd, that’s for sure. I do agree with your assessments regarding Melancholia and Breaking the Waves though. von Trier’s operating way out there, that’s for sure. Better that Iron Man 3, Star Trek and junk like that though, wouldn’t you agree?

  • spongefist

    I’d be very happy to watch the cast in that second picture go at it. I’m in.

  • spongefist

    I’d be very happy to watch the cast in that second picture go at it. I’m in.

  • spongefist

    I’d be very happy to watch the cast in that second picture go at it. I’m in.

  • enzofloc

    Leave it to Lars!

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