House of Cards, Season 5
(May 27, 2017)
Cinephilia & Beyond
Slightly more than 22 years ago, David Fincher, a talented filmmaker who made music videos and commercials and was left by his directorial stint on his first feature Alien 3 so disillusioned and bitter he felt “he’d rather die of colon cancer than do another movie,” stumbled upon a script that would renew his faith in the filmmaking business. This particular piece was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, and was deemed too dark and bleak to succeed. The story was largely shaped by Walker’s experience of living in New York City for a couple of years, where he felt alienated, lonely and unhappy. Desperately trying to get his story made, Walker agreed to rewrite the screenplay on the demand of director Jeremiah Chechik (Christmas Vacation), and it was this altered version that should have ended up in Fincher’s hands. But the studio made a mistake, delivering Walker’s original piece to Fincher, who was immediately intrigued and, even when the mistake was explained, chose to insist on the utter darkness Walker envisioned. By mere happenstance, therefore, Se7en found its director and made the first, crucial step on its way to cinematic immortality. […]
For Gone Girl’s memorable sex scene — its climax ending in a pool of blood — Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike spent a whole afternoon working through the scene with the “exacting” director David Fincher and, at one point, with Ben Affleck looking on. “[Fincher] was asking us to have unbridled sex — and my character is really into her so is very overwhelmed with — with great precision,” Harris said. He broke down the scene in a conversation at Vulture Festival, moment to moment: “We were just rehearsing porn for hours.”
Neil Patrick Harris Bares All About His Sex Scenes
Team Coco (YouTube)
October 23, 2014
CONAN Highlight: “Gone Girl” isn’t the first time that Neil’s had to act in the buff, but this time he didn’t have to do “the helicopter” to get ready.
Gone Girl: The Hardest Scene Neil Patrick Harris Ever Had To Film
October 6, 2014
Rosamund Pike on Rehearsing Sex Scenes with Neil Patrick Harris for Gone Girl
Late Night with Seth Meyers (YouTube)
September 29, 2014
It’s all well and good until David Fincher and Ben Affleck show up to watch.
Rosamund Pike Did Terrible Things to Dora the Explorer for Gone Girl
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube)
February 6, 2015
Rosamund Pike explains to Jimmy how she practiced for a particularly disturbing scene in her film Gone Girl.
Gone Girl: Rosamund Pike on those ‘naughty’ sex scenes and working with Ben Affleck
September 27, 2014
We caught up with British actress Rosamund Pike ahead of the release of one of the most the eagerly awaited films of the year, Gone Girl. Interview by Andrea Lily. Edited by Sophie Foster.