Thandie Newton has stated she “burst into tears” after being asked if she was wearing “protective underwear” prior to shooting a sexual attack scene in Crash
In the 2004 film, which won a questionable Best Image Oscar at the 2006 awards, Newton played a female who is sexually assaulted by a law enforcement officer played by Matt Dillon The scene includes Dillon’s character pulling over Newton’s character and her partner and attacking her during a full body search.
Talking To Vulture, Newton stated that the attack wasn’t clearly detailed in writer/director Paul Haggis‘s script, and she assumed that another referral to Dillon’s character “finger-f ******” her character was meant to be paradoxical.
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On the day of filming the scene, Newton declared that she was taken by surprise by Haggis’ interpretation of what took place between Newton and Dillon’s characters.
” At the start of that night, oh god, Paul Haggis got me and Matt together, and in front of Matt, he stated to me, ‘Are you wearing protective underclothing?'” Newton said. “And they’re both like looking at their feet. I resemble, ‘I imply, I’m simply using under … yeah. Why?’ ‘Due to the fact that I truly want this to be as real as, you know– I truly wish to go there.'”
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” I’m like, ‘What do you indicate?’ ‘Due to the fact that I just want Matt to feel like he can …’ And I realised what he was saying. I wasn’t even considering the [earlier] scene that I ‘d said ‘finger-f ***.’ It wasn’t up until I saw the f *** ing motion picture, I resemble, “Oh, f *** ing hell!'”
Newton stated that she “entered into [her] makeup trailer and burst into tears” after the conversation, including that it wasn’t because she needed to do the scene, however because she didn’t think it was believable. “As far as I was concerned, to insinuate that a police would hand-rape a female in the streets, and in a racially charged method, too, I felt this worry that I didn’t desire to become part of putting that out on the planet, since I thought it couldn’t possibly be real,” she said.
It was only years later, Newton added, that she became conscious of “the varieties of black ladies who are sexually abused by the authorities– it is really a phenomenon”.
Newton also exposed in the interview that she was “scared” while dealing with Tom Cruise on Mission: Difficult II, describing him as a “dominant person [who] attempts incredibly difficult to be a nice individual”.