Kate Bosworth opens up about infamous 'Straw Dogs' rape scene
Kate Bosworth visited E!'s "Chelsea Lately" on Wednesday and revealed how she prepared for the infamous rape scene in her new film, "Straw Dogs."
"It was nerve-racking because obviously, this was a remake of the [director Sam] Peckinpah original - everyone talks about the infamous rape scene," Bosworth told Chelsea Handler. "I didn't think too much about it, to be honest, until about three days before and it was blocked out for two days. It was the type of experience that I just wanted to be present in and not think too much about."
In the film, James Marsden stars a Los Angeles screenwriter David Summer, who relocates with his wife Amy (Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. As tensions grow in their marriage, the locals begin to pose a threat.
The film is based on Sam Peckinpah's 1971 film of the same name, which starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as David and Amy Summer. In Peckinpah's version, the couple retreats to the English countryside.
In the remake, Bosworth had to endure a brutal rape scene opposite her now ex-boyfriend, "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard, who plays one of the locals. The two were not yet dating when they filmed the scene.
"I told Alex not to worry about me, to just go for it. I said, I need you to lose yourself in this moment," Bosworth told Black Book in a recent interview. "And it was actually violent," Bosworth continued. "He's a huge guy. When he was ripping off my clothes in front of a room filled with men, even though I knew it was make-believe, it was still incredibly violating and terrifying. The panic you see flooding me in that rape scene is real."
It was announced in July that Bosworth and Skarsgard had broken up after two years of dating.
"Alex is so kind and so dedicated and so incredibly professional," the 28-year-old actress told the magazine. "He's got this rare, wonderful control and stillness that you notice in a lot of old movie stars. He looks you in the eye. I feel incredibly lucky to have had that type of man on this movie."
Skargard also had nothing but praise for his ex, saying in a recent interview, "Kate is such a great actress, and she's so much more than a good-looking Hollywood starlet." He added, "We were just really good friends at the time. But we shared a really special experience on that film."
Skarsgard, 35, is a Swedish actor best known for his role in the HBO series "True Blood." The actor also appeared in the film "Zoolander" and the HBO miniseries "Generation Kill."
Bosworth, 28, rose to fame after appearing in the 2002 movie "Blue Crush." She has since appeared in films like "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton," "21" and "Superman Returns"
The actress dated "Lord of the Rings" actor Orlando Bloom between 2002 and 2006. Bloom recently welcomed a child with his wife Miranda Kerr. Bosworth is currently dating "Twin Falls Idaho" director and writer Michael Polish.
"Straw Dogs" hits theaters on September 16, watch a Kate Bosworth's "Chelsea Lately" appearance and a trailer below.