Michael Douglas Feels Intimacy Coordinators Are A Way Executives Are “Taking Control Away From Filmmakers”

Michal Douglas has shared his thoughts on intimacy coordinators, who liaise between the actors and producers while filming sensitive scenes.

Although Douglas says he doesn’t have to worry about sex scenes, in a new interview, the Fatal Attraction star expressed his opinions on intimacy coordinators on the set of film and TV productions.

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“I’m past the age where I’ve got to worry about that. But it’s interesting with all the intimacy coordinators,” he said in an interview with Radio Times, via The Telegraph. “It feels like executives taking control away from filmmakers — but there have been some terrible faux pas and harassment.”

He continued, “Sex scenes are like fight scenes, it’s all choreographed. In my experience, you take responsibility as the man to make sure the woman is comfortable, you talk it through. You say, ‘Ok, I’m gonna touch you here if that’s all right’. It’s very slow but looks like it’s happening organically, which is hopefully what good acting looks like.”

Douglas acknowledges that bad conduct on the sets while performing intimacy scenes is a real issue, adding, “I’m sure there were people that overstepped their boundaries, but before, we seemed to take care of that ourselves. They would get a reputation and that would take care of them… But I talked to the ladies, [because] I did a few of those sex movies — sexual movies — and we joke about it now, what it would have been like to have an intimacy coordinator working with us…”

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