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Jesse Eisenberg Describes Fleishman Is in Trouble’s Many Sex Scenes

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Jesse Eisenberg shares how the sex scenes in FX’s Fleishman Is in Trouble were filmed, calling it an “incredibly uncomfortable” experience.


Actor Jesse Eisenberg has revealed the work that went into shooting Fleishman Is in Trouble‘s many sex scenes.


In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Eisenberg shared that filming the numerous sex scenes in the FX on Hulu series was an awkward process because of how technical it was. He likened the experience to shooting an action scene, where a vast amount of filming is done for a mere 20-second scene due to the various elements that have to be captured on camera.

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“It was incredibly uncomfortable,” Eisenberg said. “It’s very technical. Like when you do an action scene. It takes forever. You’ll shoot a 20-second scene over the course of three days, because there’s tiny little pieces that they have to get. So the action scene that is fun to watch is not fun to film. Similarly with sex scenes. It’s this incredibly technical, process-oriented experience.”

Eisenberg then went on to describe how he managed to film a scene without any clothes on, given that he has been battling anxiety since he was a child. While the fact it was a closed set did help, the actor explained it did not change the fact that the sex scenes would eventually air on television for all to see. “We did have a closed set,” he said. “But a closed set means they put some curtains around the scene, so no one can see, but you also know that it’s being filmed on multiple cameras. You’re filming it for a TV show — there’s no amount of ‘closed’ that they can make a set that’s going to be on TV.”

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Fleishman Is in Trouble Is Streaming Now

Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s 2019 novel of the same name, Fleishman Is in Trouble follows the recently divorced Dr. Toby Fleishman (Eisenberg), who begins using dating apps for the first time. Everything changes, however, when his ex-wife, Rachel (Claire Danes), vanishes without a trace, leaving him alone with their children. While trying to balance raising his kids, his job and all the women in Manhattan, Toby soon finds that he will not be able to untangle the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance until he can be more honest about what happened to their marriage. Alongside Eisenberg and Danes, the show also stars Lizzy Caplan as Libby, one of Toby’s best friends and the narrator of the story, and Adam Brody as Seth, another one of Toby’s close friends.

All eight episodes of FX’s Fleishman Is in Trouble are available to stream on Hulu. The show is slated to premiere on Disney+ in the United Kingdom on Feb. 22.

Source: Total Film Magazine

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