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Susan Sarandon says she wants to direct porn in retirement

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Susan Sarandon attends the Kering And Cannes Film Festival Official Dinner at Place de la Castre on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images for Kering)

Susan Sarandon stunned an audience at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, where she was receiving an award with Geena Davis for the feminist road trip film Thelma and Louise, when she announced that upon her retirement from acting, she hoped to turn her eye toward directing porn. The actress and political activist said that the porn industry is too reliant on a male point-of-view, and that she thought she could better explore the meaning of sex. Sarandon, now 69 years old, said she had “threatened” to begin directing porn in her eighties.

“I haven’t watched enough to know what the problems are,” she said. “Most pornography is brutal and doesn’t look pleasurable from a female point of view. So I’ve been saying when I no longer want to act, I want to do that.”

Sarandon said she already had practice figuring out how to do on-screen sex scenes to make them more realistic from a woman’s perspective, including in the 1985 film The Hunger in which she suggested edits to director Tony Scott about her love scene with actress Catherine Deneuve.

“It was Tony Scott’s first film and I intervened in the script,” she says. “First of all it was written that I was drunk and I said, ‘Seriously? You have to be drunk to get into bed with Catherine Deneuve? I don’t think so. Isn’t it more interesting if it is voluntary?'”

Sex, she said, is most interesting when it focuses on the “first touch and first kiss.” Earlier in the week, Sarandon made headlines at Cannes for her comments on the sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen.

Read the full story from Ireland’s TV3.

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