VIDEO: Sheen "got comfortable" with sex scenes for new US drama
BAGLAN actor Michael Sheen has been talking about how he got used to sex scenes while filming for his new US drama.
Sheen, whose new show Masters of Sex will debut in the UK on Channel 4 - though no release date has been set yet - said he began by being very self-conscious, but later became so comfortable the scenes prompted laughter.
The show tells the story of the Dr William Masters (Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), who were pioneering researchers of human sexuality in America in the late 1950s to 1990.
Sheen, 44, said he knew nothing about the pair before filming the Showtime series.
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Speaking to best-selling US magazine, Parade, Sheen, who plays the lead role of Masters, said: "Maybe it's because I'm British, maybe it's my generation, but I had never heard of them before.
"I'd only heard of Alfred Kinsey [another sex researcher] because of the film [starring Liam Neeson]"
Father-of-one Sheen, who split from his girlfriend actress Rachel McAdams in February, also spoke about nudity in the series - and the changes in attitude throughout filming.
"I think early on you don't know people yet, you're not as comfortable with everyone, so you're very self-conscious," he said.
"You're trying very hard to treat things like they're normal when clearly they're not.
"Later on, it has become normal, and sometimes you've gotten so comfortable with everyone that you just laugh at each other, at the absurdity of doing something vaguely sexual with someone who now feels like your sister."
But, he added, he took his role as lead actor in the show very seriously, adding: "(I) made sure that people felt comfortable.
"The most important thing is for the audience to relate.
"Rather than it being titillating or idealised, it should be something they can relate to.
"Like the songs in the best musicals, they're (the sex scenes) advancing the story.
"That's what we're aiming towards."