Advertisement

Henry Cavill Is ‘Not a Fan’ of Sex Scenes: ‘I Don’t Understand Them … Sometimes They’re Overused These Days’

Henry Cavill is not a fan of sex scenes. During an interview on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast with his “Argylle” director Matthew Vaughn, the actor said it is often better for a television series or movie not to show sex scenes and leave it up to the viewer to fill in the pieces as “the human imagination” is far more powerful.

“I don’t understand them – I’m not a fan,” Cavill said about sex scenes. “There are circumstances where a sex scene actually is beneficial to a movie, rather than just the audience, but I think sometimes they’re overused these days.”

More from Variety

“It’s when you have a sense where you’re going, ‘Is this really necessary or is it just people with less clothing on?’” he continued. “And that’s when you start to get more uncomfortable and you’re thinking, ‘There’s not a performance here. There’s not a piece which is going to carry through to the rest of the movie’.”

Cavill explained that while there are times where “sex scenes can be great in a movie” and “can really help with the storytelling … Most of the time the human imagination is going to trump it. So, it can be a little bit of a cop-out if a TV show or a movie is just filled with gyrating bodies and you’re going, ‘Okay, but what is this doing for us apart from the idea of, “Oh naked person, great.”‘”

“[I’m] not a fan of doing them,” he reiterated.

Fortunately for Cavill, he does not have any sex scenes in Vaughn’s “Argylle.” The action movie casts the “Man of Steel” veteran as the eponymous spy, who is actually the lead character in a popular book series written by a reclusive author (Bryce Dallas Howard). The film follows the author as she’s throw into a real espionage adventure after one of her books exposes the real secrets of a global crime syndicate.

“Argylle” is now playing in theaters nationwide. Watch Cavill and Vaughn’s full appearance on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast in the video below.

Best of Variety

Sign up for Variety’s Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.