Katherine Heigl: “No one wants to orgasm 35 times”

Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler sat down for an extensive interview recently to promote The Ugly Truth, the raunchy, R-rated comedy opening this weekend. It’s a really long, funny piece, and I’d imagine Heigl and Butler would be really cute together just as themselves, not even playing characters. Go here for the full Q & A piece (which I would totally recommend).

Heigl and Butler talked a lot about what went into some of the funnier or raunchier scenes, including a dance scene that Gerard had to get special training for. He admits: “I took a few lessons because I had no idea what I was doing. I actually had a lesson from Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars and that took me a long way along the way.” It turns out Heigl is a natural dancer, and needed no training. Here’s something nice about Katherine Heigl – she seems to really enjoy being with Gerard, and even compliments him extensively throughout the interview. Seeing how Heigl is usually a Negative Nelly, I think she and Gerard must have really become quite tight. She tells him at one point: “What was so awesome is that you nailed every joke. It came off effortless. That is just awesome. He is super fun to watch. You’re just good.” I’m just going to put up the highlights:

When you are talking to each other face to face, how tough was that and were there a lot of takes for those scenes where you have to use the R-rated language? Was it tricky?
Katherine Heigl: For me I kind of talk like that all the time anyway, so it wasn’t hard. I try to actually rein that in a bit.
Gerard Butler: The first day, playing the American accent and that kind of character, I was really nervous. I kept forgetting my lines. Every time I would turn to Katie and had to play with her hair, I was so nervous. Once I grabbed her breast. In the middle of a take I said, ‘Did I just touch your breast?’

Did it take 35 takes before you got the dinner scene [in which she has a huge orgasm] right?
Katherine Heigl: Hold on. It didn’t take 35 to get it right, it took 35 set ups to film the scene. Which is a different thing. I got that on take one, thank you very much. [But] it was a nightmare. And let me tell you, ladies, these were fake orgasms but… can you imagine? ‘I’m very method.’ [Laughing] That would have been a terrible day!
Gerard Butler: I get them all the time! I recognize that!
Katherine Heigl: ‘I know you’re phoning that one in!’ [Laughing] It’s really just physically exhausting. It’s so much physical movement, the legs dancing under the table, all the tensing up of the body, and by the end of the day I felt like I had done a marathon. I thought I had run 20 miles. Then I went, ‘Okay, no I get why it’s called physical comedy.’ Because it’s so physical and it’s exhausting. No one wants to orgasm 35 times.

Dating Rules? Should a girl call first?
Gerard Butler: Listen, this is why it’s called The Ugly Truth. There is an element of truth in that the second that you think the girl is maybe not quite as keen, there is a little more. Sometimes when it’s there right in front of you, it’s not as interesting. Is that right?
Katherine Heigl: It’s true.

Following up on the R-rated issue. You held back on the visuals. Why?
Katherine Heigl: You’re saying there were no boobies. The Jell-O Twins should have been topless.
Gerard Butler: I don’t think you needed it. I think you had it in the language. If there is one thing that is classy about the movie, it’s that. The one thing.
Katherine Heigl: [Laughing] One thing.
Gerard Butler: No, just the ideas and the values are so clever and controversial, unexpected, and surprising and hard-hitting. You don’t need to see t-ts and vag. It’s not necessary. There’s enough going on. This movie is so hilarious, it works from the guys and girls perspectives. I think in an actual fight none of this feels gratuitous. They are all ideas we react to, we love, and we hate. You have a pretty strong reaction to both sides of the coin. I think the rest would have been gratuitous.

[From About.com]

Gerard also talks a lot about his Scottish accent, and trying to be funny with an American accent. I’ve learned so much about my guy throughout this press tour, I’m so happy. He’s like Russell Crowe circa 1999, only Gerry’s got a great sense of humor. No offense to Russell, but he comes across as a morose bastard most of the time. I’m not sure what I think about all of this talk that The Ugly Truth is some sort of pioneering, dirty, Battle-of-the-Sexes comedy, but I’m still going to see it.

Katherine Heigl is shown outside The Late Show on 7/20/09. She’s also shown at the premiere of The Ugly Truth with Gerard Butler on 7/16/09. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. HS says:

    umm, speak for your ownself? I’m willing to give that a go. 😀

  2. Bill Hicks is God says:

    I’d rather eat a hair sandwich than subject myself to these two.

  3. Scribe says:

    Eat a hair sandwich and get a bezoar!

  4. Annie says:

    No you don’t HS. No you don’t. 35 orgasms within the course of a day would even be exhausting, let alone that many in the span of a couple of hours.

    Besides, if it’s happening right, a couple do the trick 😉

    I don’t want to die from heart failure via too many. (And I’m only 23 LOL)

  5. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    I used to really fancy that Butler bloke – then he went and opened his mouth and decided to speak when it wasn’t scripted and ruined it all for me. He really is a complete waste of space and as for that Heigl beast…at the risk of repeating myself…bitch, please.

  6. ash says:

    I do love that blue dress she’s wearing.

  7. HS says:

    yes Annie, I’m usually happy w/ the one, or sometimes 2, but hey- why not 35? shooooot…..

  8. Kaiser says:

    Annie – Right? After one I’m ready for a nap. After 35? I don’t think I would be able to walk for a month.

  9. TaylorB says:

    Ash, I couldn’t agree more, that blue dress is lovely and very flattering.

  10. Obvious says:

    35 might kill me. 1-3 max thank you very much-and after that i don’t wanna move for three days.

    This movie is sort of like the new version of When Harry met Sally. Lord forbid Hollywood decides to ruin that one.

  11. TaylorB says:

    Annie, Kaiser, Obvious… Amen!!

    I like a good orgasm or two as much as the next gal but 35 in a day? Can you imagine how painful it would be to urinate after that? It would feel like molten lava spewing from your naughty zone.

  12. viper says:

    I can go for a good 8 times but 35 is just outlandish…and scary.

  13. fizXgirl314 says:

    lol are they totally ripping off when harry met sally or what? been there done that!

  14. Annie says:

    Oh I know! I’d by crying afterwards. And not in that good way. (HAH!) I’d probably be out of commission for a month.

  15. Rosanna says:

    4 or 5 are exhausting 🙂

  16. Dirty Martini says:

    Dirty Martini? Dirty Martini? Scientific American on line one! Pick up please! Are you interested in a study on the physical & Mental effects of 35 orgasms in one interlude?

    Well in the name of science….of course. Please enlist Harrison Ford, Pierce Brosnan, and that cute Prince Harry into the control group and I’m in!

  17. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Sorry Katherine, I’m not as young as I used to be so only 6-8 hours of triple x pounding in bed is all I’m good for anymore.

  18. obvious says:

    7 is about my limit, but 3 is ideal

  19. BluePlanet says:

    I saw the trailer for this movie a while back. So painful to watch.