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‘The White Lotus’ Gay Sex Scene Explained by Mike White

SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains spoilers up to episode 5 of “The White Lotus”, airing Sunday on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.

Season 1 of “The White Lotus” left mouths wide open when, at the end of the fourth episode, Murray Bartlett’s Armond ended up face-deep in his employee Dillon’s (Lukas Gage) ass. But with the latest episode of the second season, Mike White‘s HBO series may have surpassed that (pun intended).

“The White Lotus” introduced new characters and conflicts last week when English millionaire Quentin (Tom Hollander) recruits Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) and her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) to join him, his flamboyant friends and his handsome nephew Jack (Leo Woodall) when partying at the beach club. Portia’s budding affair with Albie (Adam DiMarco) begins to fizzle out when Jack takes an interest in her, leading to an awkward, jealous confrontation at the bar between Portia and Jack and Albie and Lucia (Simona Tabasco). The most shocking revelation, however, comes when Tanya is wandering through Quentin’s palazzo late at night and walks in on Jack having sex with his, uh… uncle?

Speak with Variety prior to the episode 5 premiere, White said the scene was an “echo” of Bartlett and Gage’s Season 1 moment. Both have a character walking into gay sex behind closed doors, and both feature two episodes before the finale.

“It pleases me as a gay man to make gay sex cross-border again,” White said. “It’s gross…men having sex and you have this ‘Psycho’ music underneath. It just amuses me.”

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White continued, “I just think transgressive sex is sexier. I guess I’m old school. There’s a gothic vibe to walking through a haunted hotel or haunted house and people having sex behind closed doors.”

As for whether Quentin and Jack are really related, White teased, “Well, you’ll have to see.”

While Hollander told Variety that he knew about Quentin and Jack’s intimate moment when he started the role, Woodall said he was not given a script until a few weeks after getting the role.

“When I heard about the scene, I was speechless for a while,” Woodall said. “I’m such a big fan of Tom’s, and when I heard he was going to be playing my uncle, I thought, ‘That’s unreal.’ And when I found out I was going to fuck him too, it was kind of surreal Everything Mike White does with this show is more or less perfect so there were no second thoughts about it It felt like an incredible ‘wow’ moment. “

As for shooting the scene, Woodall said it was a closed set and they worked with an “incredible” intimacy coordinator, Miriam Lucia. After figuring out the logistics of the scene, they shot it from two different angles.

“It’s more technical than anything else when you actually do it,” Hollander said. “You know, ‘Is this the right angle? Does this look good?’ But there was also a mutually respectful energy between us. And on set, the production was very tender around those moments. It was definitely around that one. We just wanted to get it right.”

Hollander added that the actors were “sprayed with some stuff to make us look like we were sweating” — “oily stuff,” Woodall interjected.

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“There’s fantasy, and you go through your head and say, ‘I hope I look good.’ But when they say action, in a way, and you find yourself really just thinking, “I want this to be a true representation of an intimate moment between two people.” You just want to do it right,” said Hollander.

When asked if they’ve warned friends or family about what’s to come, Woodall said he told his dad not to let his 6-year-old brother watch the episode, but otherwise “hasn’t told a single soul about it”. , because I want to see their faces – or at least get their reactions without any provocation.

As for the nerves leading up to Sunday night, Hollander said, “I think I’m excited. There’s a little bit of fear – I’m not quite sure what it has to do with it – but mostly I’m excited.

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