Rosamund Pike Dishes Out: ‘Gone Girl’ Sex Scene With Neil Patrick Harris Was Shot 36 Times

By Marie delos Santos | 2 years ago
Rosamund Pike Dishes Out: ‘Gone Girl’ Sex Scene With Neil Patrick Harris Was Shot 36 Times

Rosamund Pike dishes out on her experience playing the role of Amy Dunne in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, “Gone Girl.” Read on for more details.

Rosamund Pike graces the cover of Vanity Fair in the magazine’s February 2015 issue as she talks about her role and experience in playing Amy Dunne in the 2014 American thriller film.


Remember the scene wherein Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) was having sex with Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris) and she slits his throat while they’re doing the deed? As smooth as the scene might have looked in the movie, there’s more to the gory scene behind the screen. Pike tells Vanity Fair that the violent scene was shot 36 times, and the set also had to be cleaned 36 times.

The film’s director, David Fincher, also said that he told Pike and Harris to “practice the scene for three days because it would involve the use of 36 sheets, a whopping 450-gallons of fake blood and 36 pairs of underpants.”

Pike said on her experience working with Fincher that she felt like she “dealt with the Minotaur and now I’m facing the Medusa.” She also dishes out that she’s spent more time in front of the camera than she has ever done in her entire career because he shot the film five to six hours a day for more than a hundred days. Despite the challenges Pike experienced while portraying her role, the actress said that she’s waiting for Fincher to call up and say, “Are you ready for Round Two?”

The film’s team also said that they took the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy as the film’s inspiration for Amy Dunne. Fincher said that Carolyn exemplifies the image of someone who’s self-made. Carolyn was married to John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996 and died in an unfortunate plane crash together with her sister in 1999. Little was known about Carolyn’s personal life even though she worked as a publicist for Calvin Klein.

Pike said that she ordered copies of magazines, footages or recordings with Carolyn in it and noticed that Carolyn never said anything “of her in her own words.” This led Pike to fully understand how she should portray the role of Amy, someone who keeps to herself while assessing the people around her.

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