When Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale were shooting the sex scene for 1998’s Velvet Goldmine, McGregor mounted Bale and went at it pretty good for a straight actor’s first time at the rodeo. So good, in fact, that spiritedly gay director Todd Haynes decided to give them some privacy by courteously closing down the set without interrupting them – or saying “Cut.” In a story on contactmusic.com, McGregor relates what happened. Get out your hankerchief, it’s a weepie.
“I was fucking Christian Bale up the arse and the crew was filming. I hadn’t done gay penetrative sex before, so I’m standing behind Christian’s big naked back, going, ‘Wow, this is so… peculiar.’ So I start, you know, pumping away slowly, and I start to go a bit more like a bunny rabbit, then like a Jack Russell. Then I said, ‘I’m sure I would have come by now.’ I glanced back and saw the crew packing up and walking away! I think Todd hadn’t wanted to interrupt us.
“Christian’s never written to me. He never phones anymore.”