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Salma Hayek says she was so afraid to film a sex scene in “Desperado” that she couldn’t stop crying on set.
While stressing that co-star Antonio Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez were “amazing” during the process, the actress, 54, said on Monday’s “Armchair Expert” she didn’t know there was a love scene until production had begun on the 1995 film.
Agreeing to a closed set, she filmed the scene with just Banderas, Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s then-wife, producer Elizabeth Avellán present.
“When we were going to start shooting, I started to sob,” Hayek — who was in her late 20s at the time — recalled, adding that she kept saying, “I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid.”
She continued, “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”
Hayek said she wouldn’t let go of the towel wrapped around her.
“They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again,” she said. “But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”
In the final edit, the love scene is presented in quick cuts.
“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she explained. ”And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!’”
Eventually, Hayek did take her father and brother to see the film, but said they left the theater during the scene and returned when it was over, adding, “You want your father to be nothing but proud of you.”
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