Warning: The following post contains massive spoilers for Midsommar.
• From Hereditary director Ari Aster, Midsommar is his equally-disturbing new film.
• The movie features a particularly outrageous sex scene near the end.
• Midsommar is in theaters now.
There’s a lot going on in Midsommar, the insane new horror/dark comedy/cult pagan ritual film from director Ari Aster, who burst onto the scene with the similarly-disturbing Hereditary last summer.
But when all is said and done, and the movie’s nearly 2.5 hour run time has run its course, the thing that stands out most might be a particularly insane sex ritual scene at the back end of the movie. The scene feels like a peyote trip gone wrong, but with full-frontal male nudity, several more naked people, even more drugs, moody humming, and symbolic imagery all combined into one insane—and I cannot stress this enough: this scene is insane—package. Once you’ve seen the movie, you won’t soon forget it.
When we spoke to Jack Reynor, the movie’s lead actor, and the focal point of the extravagant sex scene, he singled out the scene as his most notable memory during filming—and noted that it could’ve been even wilder.
“It was pared back an awful lot for the cut that you watched—it was covered from a lot more angles, it was a lot longer, and that really was the thing that I was just like, wow, how many opportunities are you going to get in your career to shoot a scene like this? Not many,” he said.
As Reynor describes, the scene was shot on their very last day of filming, so it was like reaching the highest peak of drama, of insanity, before finally finishing up with what ended up being a very rewarding project. How do you react when all of that is said and done?
“I got fucking hammered drunk on the way home after doing it,” he said.
When all is said and done, though, as brutal and, again, insane, as the scene might have been, it didn’t scare Reynor off—in fact, doing something like this is what he’s set out to do in his career.
“It was something that I’m glad that I did. I think it was a strong scene, and it was an experience,” he said. “I’m in this business to have experiences, and to do crazy things that you don’t really do in your normal life.”
It’s probably fair to agree with him on that one—I don’t know too many people who have a drug-fueled sex ritual during an every-90-years commune ceremony as a part of their normal lives.
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