Scarlett Johansson revealed on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast (via IndieWire) that her orgasm footage for the movie Her caused Joaquin Phoenix to flee the set. Phoenix played a man who falls in love with his phone’s operating system, a Siri-like female voice named Samantha, played by Johansson, in the Spike Jonze-directed drama. The two have a sexual relationship in the form of phone sex, during which Johansson had to record himself faking an orgasm.
“We were trying to hold out on a take and he kind of lost,” Johansson said. “He left the studio. He needed a break.”
Johansson added, “You never want to hear your voice. You definitely don’t want to hear what you sound like when you have an orgasm. You definitely don’t want to hear what you sound like when you have a fake orgasm — ew. It’s so gross. It was so bizarre.”
Samantha Morton was originally cast as Samantha in Her and the film was shot while she recited the phone’s dialogue. Johansson replaced Morton in post-production, re-recording all dialogue and filming additional scenes with Phoenix. Her, which received critical acclaim in December 2013, won Jonze the Oscar for Original Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.
During the same podcast interview with “Armchair Expert,” Johansson opened up about being hypersexualized in the early days of her career. The Oscar nominee said objectification had become so standard that she thought her career was about to end.
“I was objectified in that way and pigeonholed because I felt like I wasn’t going to get job offers for things I wanted to do,” Johansson said. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘I think people think I’m 40 years old.’ It kind of stopped being something that was desirable and something I fought against.”
“I think everyone thought I was older and I was [acting] For a long time I was kind of lumped into this weird hypersexualized thing,” Johansson continued. “I felt like [my career] was over. It was like, This is the kind of career you have, these are the roles you’ve played. And I thought, ‘This is it?’”
Next up for Johansson is her first Wes Anderson project, the star-studded Asteroid City, followed by Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial work My Mother’s Wedding alongside Sienna Miller and Emily Beecham.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/scarlett-johansson-joaquin-phoenix-fled-her-set-orgasm-scenes-1235402489/ Scarlett Johansson: Joaquin Phoenix fled her set during an orgasm scene