Hollywood replacing sex scenes with special effects
Last Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013, 15:58

London: Hollywood filmmakers are now favouring dazzling special effects instead of steamy sex scenes in their flicks, film industry analysts have claimed.

The last time a film with an extended raunchy set piece topped the US box office yearly chart was in 1997, when Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio made love in a car in James Cameron`s `Titanic`.

It is thought that including adult material could prevent films achieving a family-friendly certificate, restricting a film`s audience and box office potential, the Independent reported.

Vincent Bruzzese, president of the film division of market research company Ipsos, told the Sunday Times: "Sex scenes used to be written, no matter what the plot, to spice up a trailer. But all that does today is get a film an adult-only rating and lose a younger audience. Today such scenes are written out by producers before they are even shot."

In this year`s crop of Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards, `Django Unchained` caused controversy with its violence and language, while `Zero Dark Thirty` came under fire for its depiction of torture.

But there were no explicit sex scenes, even in `Silver Linings Playbook`, in which Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence plays a sex addict.

A recent market report for Warner Bros suggested that while female cinemagoers enjoy seeing handsome male actors on screen, they`re turned off by sex scenes that do not serve the plot.

The British Board of Film Classification confirmed that in the UK, the percentage of adult-only movies dropped from 12 percent in 2001 to 8 percent in 2011.


First Published: Monday, March 25, 2013, 15:58

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