Helen Hunt says Sessions sex scene is extraordinary
Jan 16, 2013, 15:01 GMT
Helen Hunt says her stark sex scene in her new movie 'The Sessions' is 'extraordinary'.
The 49-year-old stars as sex surrogate Cheryl in the real-life story of how she helped paralysed journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, played by John Hawkes, to lose his virginity.
She told Stylist magazine: 'Mark's disability is the thing that allowed the sex in this movie to be like the sex we all have; in a real way, rather than a choreographed, weird way.
'There's no fancy lighting and music swelling. It's just happening; it's kind of extraordinary.'
The emotional nature of its story made the film easier for Helen, ridding her of any embarrassment at showing full-frontal nudity.
She explained: 'I used Cheryl's desire to make [Mark] comfortable to balance the nerves.
'She wanted him to know she was comfortable with her body to allow him to think, 'Maybe I can be comfortable with my body.' That helped; that got me through.'
The film takes its story from 'How I Became A Human Being,' the autobiography of Mark O'Brien, who was forced to wear an iron lung for most of his life after contracting polio aged six.
It's a challenging role for Helen, who admits it is a definite departure from anything else she's done over her 40-year career.
She said: '[Cheryl is] unlike any real person I've played before. And I've played a lot.'
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