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Guillermo del Toro's The Shape Of Water has been receiving rave reviews from various film festivals and it is currently sitting at an impressive 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with 46 reviews counted. The film is being praised as one of del Toro’s best, and one of the greatest cinematic love stories in years.

In The Shape of Water, Doug Jones plays an Amazonian fishman (comparable to the Creature from the Black Lagoon) known as “The Asset,” who falls in love with woman named Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins) during the Cold War. While this story sounds familiar — almost like Beauty and the Beast’s take will be of a more mature variety.

During a recent interview, discussed how he became involved in The Shape of Water and about one scene in particular that involves his character having sex with a human woman ... but don’t worry, it’s not as creepy as it sounds.

Doug Jones Talks About Creating A Believable Fishman/Human Sex Scene

'The Shape of Water' [Credit: Fox Searchlight]
'The Shape of Water' [Credit: Fox Searchlight]

While discussing The Shape of Water with The Hollywood Reporter, “The Asset” himself, Doug Jones, touched on many facets of the film and its devolpment. In 2014, del Toro asked Jones if he would be comfortable with one scene in particular:

“That private talk he had with me in 2014 began with his concern about the intimacy that was going to be portrayed on film between Hawkins’ character and mine. He was hesitating when he talked to me so I asked what were his misgivings. He said, ‘I know you’re a good Catholic boy, I just want to make sure it’s OK with you to play this.’ I asked what could possibly be the problem and he goes, ‘Well, there’s a fuck scene.’ (Laughs.) As only he could say.”

The concept of an interspecies sex scene between a human and a fish monster is hard to digest, but del Toro and Jones set out to make it artful. To make the scene (and love interest from Hawkins’s character) believable, del Toro was adamant that The Asset had to be sexy:

"A note Guillermo gave me, as far as [the Asset’s] physicality goes, he kept pushing the sexy. This character has to be sexy. When watching the film, you have to believe that someone could actually fall in love with him and find him sexy and want to take their clothes off in his presence. So how do you create a monster who does that? The sculpting process, the developing this character’s look was years in the making."

After the groundwork was laid and del Toro had created a “sexy” monster, they moved on to the sex scene itself. When it came time to shoot the scene, Doug Jones says that only del Toro could have pulled it off and that they went “all the way” with the scene, which means there is full-frontal monster nudity:

"When I asked him why this time does it need to involve full-frontal nudity — I mean, we’re going for it! — and he hearkened back to the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Frankenstein and any of the classic monster movies that helped develop his love of monsters. There was always a romantic side to these characters and relationships on film that never got actualized all the way. Guillermo said this time, the monster’s going to actually fuck the girl. (Laughs.) A gentler way to say it is that this is the creature from the wet, black lagoon who actually gets the girl this time."

Given the reviews for The Shape of Water, it sounds like Doug Jones and Guillermo del Toro successfully pulled off the sex scene – as crazy as it sounds. Guillermo del Toro has always pushed the limits of his storytelling with provocative scenes and stunning visuals, but this time he might have truly crafted a masterpiece.

We’ll have to wait until December 8, 2017 to see how The Shape of Water turns out, but for now, it sounds like del Toro has crafted something extremely strange into a beautiful piece of cinema.

Sound off! Do you think Guillermo del Toro can pull off a full-frontal interspecies sex scene in The Shape of Water? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


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