The butter rape scene in Last Tango in Paris was without actress' consent, admits director Bernardo Bertolucci
In the 2013 clip, Italian director confessed that he and Marlon Brando, the co-star in the film came up with the idea of the scene in which the character of Brando uses a butter stick to rape Schneider
In a controversial announcement, Bernardo Bertolucci, director of Last Tango in Paris, admitted in a recently popped up video that the infamous rape scene in the 1972 film was shot without the consent of the star Maria Schneider.
In the 2013 clip, Italian director confessed that he and Marlon Brando, the co-star in the film came up with the idea of the scene in which the character of Brando uses a butter stick to rape Schneider.
"I had been, in a way, horrible to Maria because I didn't tell her what was going on," Bertolucci said.
He confessed that he felt horrible for his treatment of her, but defended the action saying "wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress."
"To obtain something I think you have to be completely free," Bertolucci said. "I didn't want Maria to act her humiliation her rage, I wanted her to Maria to feel...the rage and humiliation. Then she hated me for all of her life."
Here is the video.
Reports of the incident sparked criticism from many in Hollywood. Calls for legal actions and stripping the director off his accolades stormed Twitter.
Wow. I will never look at this film, Bertolucci or Brando the same way again. This is beyond disgusting. I feel rage https://t.co/uvaLogvv7I
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 3, 2016
To all the people that love this film- you're watching a 19yr old get raped by a 48yr old man. The director planned her attack. I feel sick. https://t.co/qVDom2gYf6
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 3, 2016
I second that. This is heartbreaking and outrageous. The 2 of them are very sick individuals to think that was ok. https://t.co/Ft4SArjcgd
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) December 3, 2016
Readers were left baffled with Elle magazine report which dug up the video with doubts about the authenticity of the scene. According to Schneider, the scene was simulated, but that did not make her less surprised of the director's action.
"I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped," Maria told UK newspaper.
"After the scene, Marlon didn't console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take," she added.