At the Blue is the Warmest Colour after-party at the Thompson Hotel last night, the conversation quickly turned from the provocative film about a lesbian romance, which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes in May, to the controversy that has recently overshadowed it with Adele Exarchopoulos intimating that her and co-star Lea Seydoux “have said real anecdotes and we are worried.”
One real anecdote: director Abdellatif Kechiche forced the pair to do a gruelling 10-day shoot for the 10-minute love scene at the centre of the story. Another real anecdote: that 10-day shoot included a one-hour continuous take where Kechiche made the two physically beat each other for a fight sequence rather than simulate blows. Yet another real anecdote: Exarchopoulos and Seydoux described filming the movie as “horrible” and declared they would never work with Kechiche again. And one more real anecdote: Kechiche publicly scolded the pair for complaining about suffering for their art and said working on his film was “one of the best jobs in the world.”
Back at the party, however, Exarchopoulos preferred to talk candidly about that lengthy sex scene. When asked about the prosthetic vagina she wore, she exclaimed, “I don’t give a fuck about this. I would wear it all the time. It makes you feel sexy and confident.” Sure, three days ago she commented on how “weird it is to have a fake mould of your [ahem] and then put it over your real one;” but when it comes to plastic private parts, we’re pretty sure nobody’s going to judge.