Sutherland refutes claim of sex in "Don't Look Now"

Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:39pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donald Sutherland, who starred in 1973 film "Don't Look Now," on Thursday refuted an upcoming book's claim that he had sex on camera with co-star Julie Christie while filming a scene in the movie.

One day earlier, show business newspaper The Hollywood Reporter posted a blog by a reporter who had seen an advance copy of a book, "Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex)," written by Hollywood veteran Peter Bart who claimed the sex was real in the scene.

Bart is a former executive at Paramount Pictures and editor at another entertainment publication, Daily Variety. Bart writes that as a Paramount executive he watched the scene being filmed and saw the pair of actors engaged in sex, according to the blog posting in The Hollywood Reporter.

"Not True. None of it. Not the sex. Not him witnessing it," Sutherland said in a statement. "From beginning to end there were four people in that room. Nic Roeg (director), Tony Richmond (cinematographer), Julie Christie and me. No one else."

The scene in question has long been the subject of speculation over whether Sutherland and Christie actually engaged in real sex on camera or were just acting.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; editing by Jill Serjeant)

<p>Actor Donald Sutherland of Canada poses after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>