By Spout | Spout July 29, 2009 at 5:40AM
Tom Arnold’s sex scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal in Happy Endings is actually not as bad as you might imagine, but there’s still something very unsettling about having to watch the former Mr. Roseanne Barr in such a moment. Fortunately, there’s probably not much call for him to appear in another hot and heavy scene, because in spite of the actor’s surprisingly endearing performance in this Don Roos ensemble dramedy, Hollywood likely still thinks of him only as “Mr. Stupid.”
Although one of his earliest films was the sex comedy Bachelor Party, Tom Hanks has grown into America’s favorite gentleman actor. To see him do a sex scene now might be a little like seeing a young James Stewart do one. It was uncomfortable enough to see Hanks sitting in a hot tub filled with naked women in Charlie Wilson’s War. And even in his earliest stage of turning into a serious actor, we had trouble watching him in the beginnings of lovemaking in Forrest Gump — though that was primarily because his character was so awkward. Apparently Hanks did shoot some sex scenes for Angels & Demons, but they were cut for time. Yet most media outlets reporting on the deletion of these scenes were in agreement: nobody wants to see Hanks having sex.