Eric Dane Was 'Willing To Do Anything' In Full-Frontal Scene For HBO's 'Euphoria'
Before the series even premiered 'Euphoria' promised 'close to 30 penises' in a single scene.
The HBO series is based on an Israeli series of the same name, and follows 17-year-old Rue --played by Zendaya -- and her high school friends as they try and find their way in the world. The series focuses on teen relationships with sex, drugs, sexuality and identity, social media, friendship and -- of course -- love.
In the lead-up to the series' premiere, 'The Hollywood Reporter' promised the series would be filled to the brim with penises, including a surprising appearance from 'Greys Anatomy' star Eric Dane's... anatomy.
Dane plays a married man and father to one of the kids at Rue's school, and in the series' pilot which aired this week, his character commits statutory rape with a 17-year-old trans girl. The scene also featured full frontal nudity, with Dane showing a fully erect penis.
The actor confirmed with 'EW' that the scene used prosthetic genitals, but added he had not ruled out the possibility of baring it all.
"Using a prosthetic is sort of protocol," the actor said, "It’s protocol and it’s also very considerate to your scene partner.
"I’m willing to do anything that’s critical to the story and crucial to creating a very real and truthful feel to how the story is gonna go down," Dane added, "I just don’t see how you shoot a scene like that without showing nudity. And, you know, it kind of matches the stakes. The stakes are so high, you can’t hold anything back, really."
The actor also revealed the scene required an intimacy expert on set, making sure everyone was comfortable and consented to the scene work. "Those scenes are very difficult to shoot," Dane told 'EW', "It helps to have one voice in your ear. One voice that you can express your feelings to, and somebody that is an advocate for the actors.
"It just simplifies a lot of things and makes for a safe and comfortable environment while shooting something that is fairly uncomfortable to shoot."
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