HBO drew 'a line in the sand' over the 'conclusion shot'
The co-creator of ‘Girls’ has shared details of a sex scene was that was once nearly banned from the show by broadcasters HBO.
‘Girls’ has attracted a reputation numerous bold and explicit scenes over the years, with HBO liberally allowing the the show a reasonable amount of freedom. However, now co-creator Judd Apatow has spoken out about one particular scene which caused the broadcaster to draw ‘a line in the sand’ – after meeting resistance from programming president Michael Lombardo.
Apatow described it as “conclusion shot”, while co-creator and star Lena Dunham bluntly referred to it as “cum arcing through a shot.”
“From the beginning, we were aware that what we were doing was sexually provocative, and that’s what made it interesting and new and fun. Lena wanted to reveal something that is normally hidden — so often you’re not talking about a giant part of most people’s lives because people don’t want to portray it on film,” Apatpow told Hollywood Reporter. “We were like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve actually found the line at HBO.'”
“That opened up tons of stories that you’re usually not able to tell. But then we had a scene with a conclusion shot …”
He added: “HBO said, ‘If this is in the show, we could lose our license’. We were like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve actually found the line at HBO’.
However, HBO later relented and allowed the scene to be aired, and created a great deal of controversy during the second series as viewers and the media debated whether or not it was too graphic and obscene. Dunham has however, revealed that it wasn’t real semen.
“It was conditioner and Cetaphil, by the way,” she added. “It was just with Adam and Shiri Appleby instead.”
The sixth and final season of Girls is due to premiere on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK on Monday 13 February.
After delivering an emotional apology for what many viewed as a ‘distasteful joke’ about abortion, Lena Dunham recently made headlines for appearing on the cover of Glamour Magazine with the rest of the cast of ‘Girls’ – thanking them for not photoshopping her body.