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Emma Stone defends glut of sex scenes in provocative Poor Things movie

Emma Stone defends glut of sex scenes in provocative Poor Things movie

Emma Stone has spoken out in defense of the graphic sex scenes in her latest film Poor Things.

The Oscar-winning actress, 35, has already picked up a Golden Globe for her role in the science fantasy black comedy which sees her play someone brought back from the dead by a scientist, who uses the brain of a baby that had been inside her.

Based on the 1992 Alasdair Gray novel of the same name and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film follows Stone's character Bella's "fantastical evolution" as she embarks on a journey of discovery.

While the film is making a lot of noise on the awards front, it has also drawn criticism for its graphic sex and masturbation scenes.

One controversial scene even had to be re-edited for the film's UK release at the beginning of January.

Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo star in Poor Things (Atsushi Nishijima/Searchlight Pictures/(PA)
Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo star in Poor Things (Atsushi Nishijima/Searchlight Pictures/(PA)

BBC Radio 4 host Samira Ahmed addressed the issue with Stone, describing the scenes as "quite graphic," adding: “I think it’s fair to say [these sort of scenes are] unusual these days in Hollywood.”

"So much of this was about being true to Bella's experience," Stone responded. "It [sex] is obviously a huge part of her experience and her growth, as it is, I think, for most people in life.

"But I see it as just one aspect of many; her discovery of food, philosophy, travel and dance. Sex is another aspect."

She continued: "One of the things that we had talked about from very early on and I thought was extremely important was that Bella is completely free and without shame about her body.

"She doesn’t know to be embarrassed by these things or to cover things up or not dive into the full experience when it comes to anything.

"So for the camera to sort of shy away from that, or to say, ‘OK, well, we’ll just cut all of this out because our society functions in a particular way’… felt like a lack of being honest about who Bella is," she said, adding: "I’m not a person that just wants to be naked all the time, but I am someone who wants to honour the character as fully as I possibly can. That’s part of her journey, so who am I to say that should be shameful?"