Barry Keoghan has revealed that filming his graphic Saltburn grave scene left him feeling ‘nauseous’ on set.
The actor became the latest star to face Sean Evans in his online series Hot Ones, even ripping off his shirt as he devoured a series of spicy wings.
A number of scenes in Emerald Fennell’s explosive thriller Saltburn set the internet ablaze, including the bath moment and the ‘vampire sex’.
Yet one scene set tongues wagging the most – when Barry’s character Oliver Quick stimulates sex with the grave of his murdered best friend Felix Catton, played by Jacob Elordi.
Speaking about the scene in question, Barry said he ‘likes to be pushed’ by his acting roles, and admitted he had physical reaction to being ‘so present’ during the scene.
He said: ‘I mean I s*****d a grave in Saltburn right…I should get that checked.
‘Saltburn really pushed it. Every role pushes it and I like to be pushed. I don’t want something to be comfy.
‘I want to really artistically go there and there’s moments on sets & movies where you lose sight of camera and you kind of get this…nauseous feeling, you’re so present. It’s something we [actors] chase…’
Barry also reflected on the ‘intimidating’ moment he filmed the famous spaghetti scene opposite Nicole Kidman for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.
He said: ‘You’re sitting there in front of Nicole Kidman as well, you know in your boxers; it’s kind of intimidating and you’re eating cold pasta.
‘I was like what will I do to freak her out…so I put the spaghetti in my mouth, take it back out and I remember doing that and she looked at me like what the f-ck. And it worked.’
Following Saltburn’s release last year, both star Barry and director Emerald Fennell have revealed that the graphic grave sex scene wasn’t originally planned.
Director Emerald, 38, revealed they added the disturbing moment later on, meaning she was forced to clear the set as Barry ‘unzipped’ and ‘let his body lead the way’.
Barry revealed: ‘On paper, he wasn’t written to do that. But I wanted to see what actually happened, where I would take it. I wanted to be confused and let my body lead the way. What am I doing? How can I get closer?’
Released on November 17, the movie is centres around Oxford scholarship holder, Oliver and his infatuation with his upper-class friend Felix.
Oliver struggles to fit in with the super wealthy crowd that study at the elite university, however Felix soon takes him under his wing.
Sought-after Felix eventually invites down on his luck Oliver to stay at his illustrious Saltburn mansion for the Summer, igniting a season of eccentricity, partying and chaos – as well as an obsession from the latter to the former.
Oliver then slays Felix when his lies about his family are uncovered, leading to the chilling moment he pentrates the mud on his freshly dug grave.
He said: ‘It’s trying to find that new level of obsession.’
Emerald told Entertainment Weekly: ‘I spoke to Barry in the morning. And I just said, ‘I don’t know, Barry. I think that he would…unzip’ […] And Barry just said, ‘Yup.”
On her decision, Barry went on: ‘She plants seeds, Emerald, you know what I mean? She knows that they’re going to grow, these seeds, especially when she plants them with me. But it is a testament to Emerald having that idea and me meeting it with…
‘To be honest, no questions. I was totally on board for it.’
Discussing her thoughts behind the scene, Emerald added: ‘There’s no way it couldn’t be in the film. There’s no way I could see a performance of that dedication — an expression of grief and love as intense as that — and not show it.’