Jane Fonda reveals director René Clément asked to ‘see her orgasms’ on set

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Jane Fonda attends the premiere of
DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS / Getty Images via AFP NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 08: Jane Fonda attends the premiere of “Book Club: The Next Chapter” at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on May 08, 2023 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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The famous American actress Jane Fonda revealed that the French director René Clément would have asked her to sleep with her to “see what her orgasms would be like”, on the set of the film Les Félins, in 1964.

CULTURE – A new controversy over French cinema in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival. While the presence of Johnny Depp on the Croisette arouses indignation, the famous American actress Jane Fonda revealed this Tuesday, May 16 that the French director René Clément would have asked him to sleep with her for “see what her orgasms would be like”, on the set of the film Felinesin 1964, with Alain Delon.

It’s on the set of the American show Watch What Happens Live that the double Oscar-winning actress, questioned about the inappropriate behaviors of which she has been the victim throughout her career, made this revelation.

« Eh well, [René Clément] wanted to sleep with me because the character I was playing had to have an orgasm in the movie and he needed to see what I was like [les miens]. He said it in French and I pretended not to understand”, explained Jane Fonda to presenter Andy Cohen. She was then only 27 years old, against 51 for the director.

The complacency of Cannes called into question

The prolific actress, in the business for nearly 65 years, then explained that she had many other anecdotes of the same ilk to tell, but did not have time for that as there were so many of them.

Jane Fonda, known for her feminist commitment, has been sharing her view of the place of women in the film industry for many years. As early as the 1980s, she had testified to the weight of the injunctions imposed on women by Hollywood in Be beautiful and stop talkinga documentary directed by French actress Delphine Seyrig.

Six years after the first revelations of #MeToo, French cinema is still not free from controversy. While actress Adèle Haenel recorded her “ movie stop » in a letter to Telerama denouncing “ complacency » of the 7th art vis-à-vis sexual aggressors, a collective of actresses and actors, including Julie Gayet and Laure Calamy, criticized the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, which takes place “ the red carpet to the men and women who attack »in reference to Johnny Depp and director Maïwenn.

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