Not as smooth as it looks! Marion Cotillard opened up about working with Brad Pitt on the set of their upcoming romantic thriller, Allied, which required them to film what she described as an “awkward” sex scene. Check out the film’s trailer in the clip above!
At one point in the movie, the onscreen lovebirds get busy in the back of a car in the middle of a sandstorm. It may look steamy, but Cotillard said it took a lot of practice to make the scene look natural.
“We rehearse and had a very determined choreography, and then it allows you freedom. When you know exactly what your body will do, then you can act and you can be free to give the emotions and give the feelings because you won’t think, ‘What am I going to do next? Am I going to go on top of him?’ It’s an awkward situation,” she told reporters during an L.A. press conference Sunday, November 13. “We laughed because you need to get it out because this is so weird. And so you get this time of looking at each other and saying, ‘OK, this is so weird.’ And then we go into this and then I’m going on top of you and then we are going to kiss.”
The French actress, 41, helped her costar, 52, learn her native tongue since he speaks a bit of French in the film. “He had this commitment to do the best he could, which was really, really impressive, so I helped him by being very tough,” she said. “I was very honest with him. But at the same time, I really wanted to support him in this process that I went through, and I know how hard it is.”
Back in September, Cotillard’s onscreen chemistry with Pitt led some to speculate that their close friendship had caused problems in his marriage to Angelina Jolie. However, the Inception actress cleared up the rumors on Instagram and revealed she was pregnant and expecting her second child with her longtime boyfriend, Guillaume Canet. “Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need,” she wrote. “Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”
Allied hits theaters on November 23.