Salma Hayek Details Desperado’s Traumatic Love Scene
In a recent interview, actress Salma Hayek talked about the difficulty she had while filming a love scene in one of her first major roles, Desperado.
In a recent podcast interview, actress Salma Hayek talked about her struggles while filming the love scene in the 1995 movie Outlaw. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez, was the second part of the “Mexico Trilogy”. , El Mariachi, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, popularly known as Desperado 2.
Outlaw tells the story of a Mexican outlaw named El Mariachi, played by Antonio Banderas, who seeks revenge on a drug dealer who killed his lover. Despite having a different cast, the film follows Rodriguez’s 1992 film El Mariachi. Hayek plays Carolina, El Mariachi’s new girlfriend. Together they escape capture, bullets and death, not without pain and loss. The movie became a debut role for Hayek, his first major Hollywood movie.
Outlaw was also a very graphic film and obviously contained a lot of violence. But it is the love scene of the movie that worries Hayek. In a recent interview with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman on the Sofa Expert podcast, Hayek talked about her traumatic experience while filming the scene. He reveals that the love scene wasn’t actually in the script, but “needed when they saw the chemistry by the studio” between Hayek and Banderas. She points out that while Banderas and Rodriguez were great about the situation, she still found it troubling.
“Robert Rodriguez’s Wife [the producer, Elizabeth Avellán], then, became my best friend. Thank goodness Robert Rodriguez can do anything on the set of the movie… He can do the voice, operate the camera and he was like a brother to me. So they closed the set and there was Robert, Elizabeth, Antonio and I.”
Hayek admits it’s fine, but since he’s never done anything like this before, he “started sobbing” when he started filming, “I don’t know if I can do this” and “I’m afraid I will. ” He showed Antonio’s free spirit as part of what scared him.
“He was an absolute gentleman and super nice and we are still very good friends. But it was very free. So it scared me for him… it was like nothing. And that scared me because in that situation he had never gotten in front of someone like that. And I started crying and was like, “God, you make me feel bad.” She was so embarrassed that she was ‘Crying’.
“They were great, but they weren’t giving up,” Hayek said. Banderas, Rodríguez, and Avellán tried to trick him into taking him out, but as soon as he got out, he started crying again.
But Hayek explains that Banderas and Rodriguez are “amazing” and “beautiful” and neither of them pushes her. Hayek also revealed that the scene consisted of such fast edits because of the difficulty of shooting and the fact that he could not stay on the stage. Hayek admits that even now he couldn’t enjoy watching this scene.
She also talks about the double standards applied to women and admits that one of the reasons she couldn’t get into character was that she thought of her father and brother. When the movie came out, he told them they couldn’t watch the scene, and he took them out of the theater until the movie was over. She said they were incredibly supportive of her, but she and Shepard commented on the unfair pressure placed on women not only to respect themselves but also to protect the egos and reputations of the men in her life.
While no stranger to Hollywood, more and more celebrities are recounting their traumatic experiences on set, such as being vulnerable and, at worst, harassed or assaulted. It is important to hear these stories so that Hollywood can change and adapt. Hollywood has taken steps to ensure that Hayek’s experiences like those on the set of Outlaws are not repeated, using privacy coordinators and other on-set security measures, so we hope the industry will continue to grow and adapt.