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Fisticuffs in a Tarzan-Jane Love Scene? Hmmmmm….

Legend of Tarzan (Movie)

Offering the following without too much comment. David Yates is quoted in Entertainment Weekly as saying that he directed his feisty Jane Porter, Margot Robbie, to take a swing at Alexandard Skarsgard as Tarzan during a love scene — and the non-damsel delivered. So that would be one swipe at Skarsgard, and one head butt delivered to Christoph Waltz… definitely staking out some new territory for the iconic Jane.

“If you enter the jungle with anybody, you want to go with Margot Robbie,” Yates says. “She’s practical, and she’s smart, and she’s resourceful. And she can take care of herself.”

In fact . . . .

“They’re doing this love scene together, and I said [to Robbie], ‘Just slap Alex while you’re making love, just kind of give him a punch,’” Yates explains. “It was sort of an earthy, sensual moment of her enjoying sex with Alex, and the only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot. Which says a lot about her feistiness.”

UPDATE;  This is now spread pretty widely around the internet — has been picked up by dozens of other outlets. Seems to be working pretty well as a way of promoting that a) Robbie’s Jane is no wilting violet, b) there’s an actual sex scene in the movie between Robbie and Skarsgard . . . . not a bad way of reinforcing that it’s not Disney Tarzan . . . .



  • I really wasn’t expecting that. I think I’ll wait to see how it plays out on screen before deciding anything about it.

  • A good marketing ploy ,for sure. The actual scene will more than likely turn out to be some mock rough and tumble playfulness between Tarzan and Jane while they’re in bed. The punch is probably meant as a playful cuff. If Skarsgard actually ended up with a bruise,it’s more likely it was the result of an vitamin deficiency from his strict dietary regime than because Margot hit him too hard. But it makes a better story told this way. It also gets spread faster and more broadly this way too,

    • Although it doesn’t have that much appeal to the …. ah….. well, let’s say the grownups in the potential audience . . . . .I think it’s pretty clever because for the under 25s the idea that there is an actual “sex scene” (and that’s how they’re describing it, not a love scene) between Robbie and Skarsgard is a plus, and moves it up the scale toward “cool” and away from “boring” — and if Robbie gets fired up enough to whack Skarsgard hard enough to make a bruise — well, that helps move the whole thing pretty far away from “tame” and PG and all that. And it’s getting a lot of replay — I’ve seen at least 30 or 40 replays of the original article. My sense it was a pretty good strategic move and seems to be having the desired effect. Don’t recall anything remotely like this during the John Carter marketing — all I remember is that damned white ape …..

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