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Hollywood cast ‘clutched their pearls’ at scrapped gay sex scenes featuring prosthetic penises

Patrick Kelleher May 5, 2020
David Corenswet plays Jack in Hollywood

David Corenswet plays Jack in Hollywood. (Netflix)

Hollywood’s Jack Costello, David Corenswet, said producers wanted to fit the cast with prosthetic penises for explicit sex scenes which were later scrapped.

The Netflix series is created by Ryan Murphy and imagines what the Golden Age of Hollywood would have looked like if gay and Black actors were allowed to thrive.

Hollywood hit the streaming platform May 1 and has garnered mixed reviews, with many critics faulting it for its screenplay and tone.

David Corenswet, who plays leading man Jack Costello in the gay drama, and Jeremy Pope, who plays screenwriter and Rock Hudson’s boyfriend, Archie Coleman, hinted that the series was originally set to be much more explicit.

During an appearance on the YouTube livestream Stars in the House, they revealed that they nearly had prosthetic penises fashioned for the show — but they didn’t need them after all, as the full-frontal nudity scenes were later cut.

David Corenswet talks prosthetic penises.

Corenswet said he was talking to Pope on set when the actor asked him if he would be wearing a prosthetic.

“I thought he meant a face prosthetic,” poor, innocent Corenswet explained.

Meanwhile, Pope revealed that the prosthetic penis came up in conversation during his first day of shooting.

“My first day on set — it’s fine, I did the camera test, it’s all good. Then it’s like, ‘Hey, Jeremy, let us know when we can fit you for your prosthetic’. And I’m like, ‘Ooh, does [my character] get beat up? What am I getting?”

“Then he’s like, ‘Oh, you don’t know? Okay, let me have someone get in contact with you.’ Then I started putting the pieces together of, ‘Oh, we’re not talking about anything about the waist of a prosthetic.'”

Rock Hudson looking into a mirror as a man lies on a bed in underwear
In Hollywood, Rock Hudson falls for Archie, a screen writer moonlighting as a sex worker. (Netflix)

Hollywood cut sex scenes to ‘focus more on the heart and the hope’.

Corenswet said he didn’t believe the prosthetic penises were made in the end as their full-frontal nudity scenes were ultimately cut from the show before they were even filmed.

Speaking on the same livestream, Darren Criss, who stars as film director Raymond Ainsley in the show, said the original script was even more sexually explicit than the finished product.

“There’s no f*****g numbers on the dial anymore for how raunchy it was,” Criss said.

“They dialed it back severely to focus more on the heart and the hope.

“There was s**t I clutched my pearls at,” he added.

 

More: Darren Criss, David Corenswet, Hollywood, Jeremy Pope, netflix, Ryan Murphy, Stars in the House

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