Why Henry Cavill believes sex scenes are 'overused these days'

Virgin Radio

7 Feb 2024, 12:09

Henry Cavill at the Argylle premiere

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Henry Cavill has opened up about why he believes sex scenes in movies are often unnecessary and “awkward” for actors as a result.

Speaking on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Cavill shared that while “there are circumstances where a sex scene actually is beneficial to a movie rather than just the audience”, sometimes he thinks “they’re overused these days.”

Explaining himself, the Superman and The Witcher actor continued: “When you [as an actor] have a sense that, you’re going ‘Is this really necessary or is it people just with less clothing on,' that’s where you start to get more uncomfortable and you’re thinking “There’s not a performance here.”

Cavill went on to stress that “sex scenes can be great in a movie” but only if they “really help with the storytelling” by contributing to the narrative, rather than just being added to it. “But most of the time the human imagination is going to trump it,” he suggested.

“It can be a little bit of a cop out if a TV show or movie is just filled with gyrating bodies and you’re going ‘Okay, but I mean, what is this doing for us?’ apart from the idea of like ‘Oh, a naked person, great!’”

Promoting his latest movie, Argylle, Cavill appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast alongside the film’s director Matthew Vaughn, who admitted he wasn’t a fan of shooting sex scenes either.

“I agree, but maybe we’re just English prudes,” he joked in response to Henry’s comments, leading to the actor to concede: “Perhaps.” 

Speaking about Argylle during an appearance on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch, Vaughan along with another of the film’s superstars, Sam Rockwell, shared how much they enjoyed working on the complicated spy-thriller within a spy-thriller film, and teased some of the antics viewers could look forward to seeing on the big screen.

The film's stars Dua Lipa, Samuel L Jackson and John Cena all spoke with virginradio.co.uk and other press at the film's world premiere on Wednesday, 24th January.

Argylle is in UK cinemas now, and will be released on Apple TV+ later this year.