Aussie star breaks down graphic gay sex cliffhanger on HBO show


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Two of the actors in HBO’s new comedy-drama The White Lotus have discussed that shock cliffhanger, which saw their characters getting caught rimming each other at the end of episode 4.

The six-episode satirical HBO series is set at the titular Hawaiian resort The White Lotus. The show follows the resort’s staff catering to upper-class guests over the course of one week.

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If you haven’t seen the show, episode 4 concluded with a scheming guest catching moustached resort manager Armond (Murray Bartlett) face-deep between the cheeks of his subordinate staffer Dillon (Lukas Gage).

Bartlett, the Australian actor you might recognise from Looking and Tales of the City, told Digital Spy the sex scene “felt right in terms of shock value”.

“I think that there’s ways to show intimacy, that you don’t need to be explicit,” he explained.

“It can be even more intimate and amazing when you don’t see stuff.

“[But] in the context of this scene, we wanted to be shocking, and, you know, it is shocking. But I also love that it’s not something that we see very often.

“In terms of the function of the scene, I think the shock value of that for people who are not used to that kind of, configuration of intimacy is really brilliant.”

Actor Lukas Gage said actors made improvements to script

Actor Lukas Gage told The AV Club he “couldn’t wait for my ass to get retweeted all over the Internet.”

The scene was filmed with the assistance of an intimacy coordinator on the set.

The Euphoria and Love, Victor actor said he and Bartlett made a change from the original script.

In the first draft of the script, Dillon and Armond were caught in a more generic sex scene.

However he and Bartlett brainstormed and believed they could get more creative.

“We said, ‘Wouldn’t it be more interesting if [Dillon’s] getting his salad tossed?” he said.

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“I mean, how often do we see that on TV? I think it’s much more interesting and more jarring to walk in on.”

Gage said as a scene partner, Bartlett is “one of the most talented, sweetest, kindest humans and actors in the world.”

He also praised series creator Mike White, a “brilliant writer” who has a “natural defiance in almost everything that he does”.

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HBO’s The White Lotus is streaming in Australia on Binge.

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