In his essay, “It’s Necessary for the Scene,” American playwright David Mamet explains why no play or movie he writes or directs include explicit sex scenes.
Mamet is no prude. He cut his teeth in the theatre, working in and around that last great institution of vagabonds and players, excess and fornication.
“When we see the scene of simulated sex, we can think only one of two things:
- Lord, they’re really having sex … or
- No, I can tell, they aren’t really.
Either of the above responses takes us right out of the film.”
Sex doesn’t sell the story; it takes us completely out of the story.