Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" to use porn star body doubles

Graphic sex scenes will feature the heads of stars Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman on porn stars' bodies

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 21, 2013 5:54PM (EDT)

After months of wondering whether the star-studded cast in Lars von Trier's two-part cinematic sex fest "Nymphomaniac" -- which includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgard and Shia LeBeouf -- will broach the graphic sex scenes, producer Louise Vesth tells THR that von Trier hired porn star body doubles as a work-around:

For the truly hard-core elements of the film, von Trier used body doubles for the stars. But, Vesth revealed, the Danish director will use digital technology to combine the actors' non-explicit displays with the pornographic performance of the doubles.

“We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two,” Vesth explained. “So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles.”

But the film isn't just about sex, says Vesth: “Lars has thrown everything in this one. It's about religion, about God, about philosophy."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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