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Episode 4

For Actor Michael Shannon, On-Screen Sex Scenes Are Just Like Sex, But Without the Pleasure

Michael Shannon discusses his first on-screen sex scene — with Kim Basinger in '8 Mile' — and the awkward encounter that followed. In this intimate interview, he also reveals his childhood celebrity crush and the circumstances of his first kiss — which, by the way, was totally unexpected. Because he didn't listen to Bon Jovi.

Released on 2/16/2017

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Transcript

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My scene in 8 Mile,
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where I got to have sex with Kim Basinger.
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That was my first love scene.
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That was great.
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I was terrified.
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It was very strange because
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there was a woman there whose job was
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to be Kim's body double while they were lighting.
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And she had to take off her clothes.
00:20
So they brought me to set first,
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and that woman, whose name I can't remember,
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sat on top of me while they made sure
00:28
the lighting was right.
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And then at the very last second
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when everything was prepared,
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Kim came in.
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She had a robe on.
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She's like, "You ready to do this?"
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I'm like, "Uh, sure."
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She threw her robe off and straddled me
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and we did a take.
00:43
And so we're sitting there on the couch
00:45
and I'm trying to avoid, like not make eye contact.
00:48
I'm like sweating.
00:50
The whole thing's just wrong.
00:51
And there's this green pillow,
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a really ugly, hideously ugly, green throw pillow
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next to me on the couch.
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I said, "Uh, oh that's a nice pillow."
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And Kim was like, "What?"
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I said, "The pillow, I like this pillow."
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She's like, "Oh okay.
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"Yeah, it's a nice pillow."
01:10
A few months later I was in
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Louisville, Kentucky doing a play,
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and I got a package in the mail.
01:17
And there was a little envelope that said,
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"Dear Michael, I just wanted to say
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"I really enjoyed working with you.
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"You were such a gentleman.
01:26
"And I thought you might like this
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"as a memento of our time together."
01:30
And she had sent me the green pillow.
01:33
And I have since lost it.
01:36
Probably the most significant item
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I've ever received,
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and I lost it.
01:40
I always say,
01:42
sex scenes in movies.
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It's just like having sex except without any of the pleasure
01:47
but all the horror, fear, anxiety, sadness,
01:50
and loneliness is all there.
01:52
But when I was a little wee tad,
01:55
Kathleen Turner really did it for me.
01:57
I saw Romancing the Stone and I was like,
02:00
god that woman's something else.
02:02
I don't know if I've ever seen Body Heat,
02:05
to be honest.
02:06
But Prizzi's Honor, that was a sexy movie.
02:08
Her and Nicholson, that was cool.
02:11
My favorite event on my birthday.
02:13
I guess it'd be my thirtieth.
02:15
Yeah, I had a surprise party in Chicago.
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It was cool.
02:19
It was at this bar that I really like, Weeds.
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You know the thing about those parties is you
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if there's not many people there,
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feel kind of like a loser, you know.
02:28
But this was a good turnout.
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It's not hard to get me into a bar.
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It doesn't take a lot of conniving.
02:33
I didn't scream.
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I wet myself though.
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My first kiss was in middle school.
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I was at a dance.
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I'm pretty sure the song Always was involved.
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♪ I will love you ♪
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♪ For always ♪
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That song?
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There was some girl I was dancing with.
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She wanted me to kiss her.
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It was strange, I didn't really think,
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I never thought of myself as
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someone who would be getting kissed.
03:00
I didn't play sports, listen to Bon Jovi,
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and I didn't do the things all the other
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boys seemed to be doing.
03:09
Yeah no, I was a freak.
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Yeah, I was a strange person.
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I guess we're all kind of like that, right?