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Joaquin Phoenix fled when Scarlett Johansson was faking orgasms in “Her”

In the movie Her, Scarlett Johansson lends her voice to the artificial intelligence Samantha, with whom Joaquin Phoenix falls in love. During the sex scenes, the actress had to simulate sound orgasms. After attending the first take, the interpreter of Joker then fled the studio. 

"He needed a break." According to Scarlett Johansson, when she had to record fake sonic orgasms for the movie Her, her co-star Joaquin Phoenix was "too upset". He had to leave the studio, reports Variety. The actress opened up about the "bizarre" experience to Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast. 

In the 2013 film Her, directed by Spike Jonze, Scarlett Johansson plays Samantha, an artificial intelligence that Joaquin Phoenix's character Theodore falls in love with. She has no body, so it is her voice, similar to "Siri," that builds the character. 

"It's just sickening"

During a few sex scenes, the two protagonists therefore exchange only via a phone. Scarlett Johansson had to simulate her sexual pleasure in front of a microphone. "Nobody ever wants to hear themselves have an orgasm. But then no one from anyone wants to hear themselves simulate an orgasm. Yuck. It's just disgusting," exclaims the actress as she reflects on the shoot. Joaquin Phoenix stayed in the studio for the first take but had to leave immediately. "It was too much" for the interpreter of the Joker. 

The whole thing had to be performed under very special conditions. The director had made her build a "strange box" in which she had to lock herself "as in a broom closet" to record her sequences. She admits that it was one of the "most difficult shootings of [her] life". 

The 37-year-old actress also came back on the hypersexualization she was victim of during her career. "I was objectified and pigeonholed in this weird hypersexualization to the point where I wasn't getting offers to play the roles I was really interested in," she laments. She even confides that she thought her "career would end like this", without playing other roles. Her current projects show the opposite. Scarlett Johansson will be in the next film by Wes Anderson, Asteroid City, alongside Margot Robbie, Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) and Tom Hanks. She will also star in the first film directed by Kristin Scott Thomas. 

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