Yates Talks Slap-Happy “Tarzan” Sex Scene

Though David Yates’ upcoming “The Legend of Tarzan” film is aiming for a PG-13 rating, the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ popular novel series will be scoring at least one sex scene that gets a bit frisky.

Speaking with EW, the “Deathly Hallows” helmer says he sees Jane (Margot Robbie) as a wild creature who is the only one who knows how to tame the jungle hero side of Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgard). That meant that the director got Robbie to slap and punch Tarzan during one of their love scenes:

“They’re doing this love scene together, and I said [to Robbie], ‘Just slap Alex while you’re making love, just kind of give him a punch. It was sort of an earthy, sensual moment of her enjoying sex with Alex, and the only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot. Which says a lot about her feistiness.”

Don’t expect Robbie’s Jane to be some withering wallflower or damsel in distress either, Yates said he hired Robbie specifically because of her resourcefulness and ability to convey practical strength:

“If you enter the jungle with anybody, you want to go with Margot Robbie. She’s practical, and she’s smart, and she’s resourceful. And she can take care of herself. It was very important that we didn’t want it to feel archaic or dated, where it’s like, tough guy has to save the poor girl. You have to feel that she’s strong and independent, and when you cast Margot, you’ll definitely get that.”

Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the film which opens in June.