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Susan Sarandon: I Want To Make Porn

| by Reve Fisher

Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon explained her interest in directing adult films once she has retired from acting.

"I have threatened, in my 80s, to direct porn," she told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival "I haven’t watched enough to know what the problems are. Most pornography is brutal and doesn’t look pleasurable from a female point of view. So I’ve been saying that when I no longer want to act, I want to do that."

While in Cannes, France, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Thelma and Louise" with co-star Geena Davis, according to The Guardian, Sarandon said female directors are better able to capture the emotional undertones behind sex scenes on film.

"A lot of times guys are too embarrassed to really decide why that sex scene is in [non-porn movies]," she explained, WND notes. "What is that scene supposed to tell you about these people? Who’s catching and who’s throwing?"

Thus, she said, the adult film would benefit from the input of female directors.

"These decisions aren’t made by men because they’re often embarrassing to deal with," she added. "Perhaps women directors are not so embarrassed."

Throughout her acting career, Sarandon has taken part in various sexual scenes. As an example, she mentioned her experience in the 1983 film "The Hunger" during which she had an intimate encounter with actress Catherine Deneuve.

"It was Tony Scott’s first film and I intervened in the script," she said. "First of all it was written that I was drunk and I said, 'Seriously? You have to be drunk to get into bed with Catherine Deneuve? I don’t think so. Isn’t it more interesting if it is voluntary?'"

Sarandon explained that she is most interested the events that lead up to the intimate scene, rather than the sex itself.

"A lot of people know what’s in the middle," Sarandon said. "But what makes a sex act really interesting is how that first touch happens, how that first kiss comes, so in 'The Hunger' Tony allowed me to come up with an idea about the T-shirt and then the kiss. Those moments need to be looked at."

Sources: The Guardian, WND / Photo Credit: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

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