Hollywood actor Henry Cavill has expressed his lack of understanding and dislike for sex scenes in movies. The Superman star criticized gratuitous scenes that solely serve to please the audience rather than contribute to the plot. Cavill made these comments during an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, where he was joined by Argylle director Matthew Vaughn.
While discussing sex scenes, the 40-year-old actor stated that there are instances where such scenes can be beneficial to a movie, but he believes they are often overused in contemporary cinema. Cavill questioned the necessity of these scenes, wondering if they are included simply to showcase actors in revealing clothing rather than to enhance the overall performance.
Cavill, who is known for his role in the Netflix series The Witcher, further explained that he becomes uncomfortable when he senses that a sex scene lacks substance and fails to contribute to the rest of the film. He emphasized the importance of a scene carrying through to the narrative and not merely existing for the sake of titillation.
He is not completely opposed to sex scenes, stating that they "can be great in a movie" and "really help with the storytelling".
However, he also believes that most of the time, the power of human imagination surpasses explicit visuals.
He argues that it can be a lazy approach if a TV show or movie relies solely on provocative scenes without offering any substantial value beyond the initial shock factor of nudity.
This is not the first occasion that Henry has discussed sex scenes, although his previous remarks were quite distinct.
He acknowledged becoming aroused during a scene while shooting The Tudors.
In an interview with Men's Health in 2015, Henry admitted, "It has happened to me once... and it was extremely embarrassing. A woman had to be on top of me, and she had remarkable breasts, and I had not adjusted myself... into a more harmless position."
"She was essentially pressing herself against me, and, um, I became aroused. I had to sincerely apologize afterwards."
"It's truly uncomfortable when you're in a professional acting setting and someone becomes sexually aroused, isn't it? No, it's completely unacceptable."