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Jake Gyllenhaal says filming explicit scenes with Jennifer Aniston were “torture” and here’s why

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There are millions of people who crush on both Jake Gyllenhaal & Jennifer Aniston. But, it turns out that Gyllenhaal himself was crushing hard on Aniston, the iconic Friends star. Since her breakthrough role in the 90s sitcom, it was difficult to find a guy who didn’t have a crush on Jennifer Aniston. But, Gyllenhaal was lucky enough to share an explicit scene with the actress in a movie they did together in 2002. However, he has described that scene as “torture,” and here’s why.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Says Filming Explicit Scenes With Jennifer Aniston Were "Torture" And Here's Why
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Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston featured together in their 2002 romance The Good Girl. In the movie, the two featured as lovers who engaged in an extramarital affair. But, while filming the movie, he had previously admitted he had a crush on the Friends star. And any ordinary person would think that having an explicit love scene with Aniston, even if choreographed, would be a moment to cherish. But, that wasn’t the case with Gyllenhaal, who told Howard Stern:

[Filming the sex scenes] was torture, yes it was. But it was also not torture. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both. Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it? That doesn’t turn me on.

Later, Gyllenhaal started explaining just how “oddly mechanical” these love scenes in Hollywood are. He compared them to a choreographed dance, saying:

It’s a dance, you’re choreographing for a camera. You can get in it, but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.

Moreover, Jake Gyllenhaal also revealed that they filmed his love scenes with her using “the pillow technique”. And he also said that it was Aniston’s idea, as the actor continued:

The pillow technique was used. That was just pre-emptive and used generally always when actually in a horizontal place in that movie. I think that was actually a Jennifer suggestion. She was very kind to suggest it before we began. She was like, ‘I’m putting a pillow here.’

Sure, it might have been torture for Jake Gyllenhaal. But, how hard would it have been for Jennifer Aniston knowing that Jake doesn’t shower?

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