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‘Fair Play’ Cast on Shocking Sex Scene in Sundance Breakout

One of the most talked about scenes of this year Sundance Film Festival unfolds in the opening sequence of “Fair game,” a sexy thriller starring “Bridgerton” escape Phoebe Dynevor and “Solo” actor Alden Ehrenreich. They play a newly engaged couple who keep their relationship a secret because they work together at a ruthless hedge fund.

In the particularly effervescent scene, Dynevor’s character Emily and Ehrenreich’s Luke attend a wedding, where they sneak into the bathroom to get hot and heavy. Without getting too specific (or giving away at lot), there is a sexual act that leaves Emily’s chic satin dress covered in blood.

“I loved it,” says Dynevor at the Variety Sundance Studio presented by Audible. “[When I read the script] I was like, “Hallelujah.” I had never seen a scene like this on film. It happens. I don’t want to give too much away, but it was fun to bring to life.”

Ehrenreich knew the shocking incident would play well to the packed house of the Library Center Theater in Park City, where the film premiered Friday. “It was a highlight to see the film with an audience. Enter the room and [hear] the response from the audience was amazing.”

Before filming the bathroom appointment, Dynevor and Ehrenreich prepared thoroughly with the help of an intimacy coordinator. “We had a week of rehearsals before we got on set,” says Dynevor. “On the day it felt like we knew what we were doing at the time.”

Yet no exercise could prevent an unexpected difficulty during filming, namely excess body fluids.

“I remember there was too much blood at one point,” Ehrenreich recalled. “It was crazy.”

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Dynevor agreed: “And then there wasn’t enough…”

“Blood continuity was one thing,” added director Chloe Domont with a laugh. “We finally worked it out for the version of the movie.”

At this point, Emily and Luke are laughing about the incident. It was intentional, says Domont, to root their response in humor rather than embarrassment.

They are charmingly dysfunctional and human. You love them for the messiness and for how they react. You have to fall in love with these characters right now,” says Domont. “How do you do that in the most human way? It’s a combination of love and mess.”

The director wants audiences to fall for the duo’s charming rapport before Emily is promoted in her high-stakes financial job over Luke – and the pair’s power dynamic changes irrevocably.

“I thought [finance] was a great backdrop because the high stakes are ripe for drama,” says Domont. “It feeds the toxicity of the relationship, and vice versa.”



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