Thursday 5 December 2019

How a man coached Meg on faking it for famous sex scene

Meg Ryan. Photo: Getty Images
Meg Ryan. Photo: Getty Images
Meg Ryan: her ‘fake orgasm’ scene in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ became a cult classic

Daniel Bates

IT is one of the most celebrated scenes in cinema history, but it now seems that Meg Ryan needed help faking sexual excitement from a man.

Rob Reiner, the director of 'When Harry Met Sally', has disclosed that he had to coach the actress in how to simulate an orgasm.

He said Ryan was "nervous" on the set of the 1989 comedy and he wanted to put her at ease during the scene, in which her character feigns sexual ecstasy while sitting opposite her co-star Billy Crystal in a diner.

Speaking ahead of the 25th anniversary of the film this Monday, Reiner said: "Obviously you're in front of extras and all the crew members and everything.

"The first few times we did it, she did it kind of weak. It was a little tepid. I said, 'Look, let me show you what I want', after a few takes that weren't so good."

The scene has become one of the most celebrated in Hollywood history – and has been parodied countless times in other films. Reiner added: "I sat down opposite Billy [Crystal] and I'm sitting there and I'm pounding the table and saying, 'yes, yes, yes'. Meg then did way better."

Studies have shown that as many as 80pc of women fake an orgasm at some point during their life.

Women who took part in the research said that some did it to encourage their partner to do something they did not want to do, or just to boost his self-esteem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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