‘I cried and didn’t want to let go of the towel.’ The sex scene in Desperado was a trauma for Hayek | Culture

In the new episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, Mexican actress Salma Hayek also talked about the filming of the cult film Desperado (1995). The sex scene was not originally in the script at all and was a very traumatic experience for the actress.


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Desperado tells the story of El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), a former musician who is about to take revenge after the murder of his girlfriend. Salma Hayek, on the other hand, plays caring Carolina, the owner of a bookstore in a city where no one reads. The film by director Robert Rodriguez is full of sharp boys, fired patrons, but also one spicy love scene.

Antonio Banderas as Desperado.  Desperado (1995).  Director: Robert ...

The sexual outburst between the protagonist was not originally in Rodriguez’s screenplay at all, but the studio allegedly trampled him out when he saw the chemistry between the two actors.

Before filming the scene, the actress cried and repeated that she could not film it. Banderas himself helped calm her down. “He was very kind to me, we are still great friends. It scared the whole scene that it was like nothing to him. He was extremely experienced. I have never been in such a situation. I cried and accused him of feeling terrible about him, “the actress described the situation.

She also mentioned that she refused to take off her towel. The crew tried to make her laugh and push her to untie her. But whenever Hayek wanted to take off her towel, she cried again.

Desperado was, in any case, the second part of the so-called Mexican trilogy. The first part called simply Mariachi (1992) tells the story of the same protagonist, but it was shot at a time when Rodriguez could not yet afford to hire star actors. The main character was played by the Mexican actor Carlos Gallardo. The third part is then called Back in Mexico (2003). In addition to the central pair of Desperate the ensemble was complemented by Johnny Depp or Willem Dafoe.

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