The film Saltburn has not finished making headlines, with social networks having seized on the phenomenon. The reason: several scandalous scenes, which will have imposed an age limit on the feature film… and one of them was even improvised.
Between emotion and disgust, Saltburn has clearly kicked the net. Emerald Fennell’s film managed to get noticed, and it did so in a surprising way. And if the criticism is mixed towards the work, available in France on Prime Video, spectators did not focus so much on its quality as on its content.
Because the said content has something to talk about: anyone who has seen the feature film will know what “the bath scene” recalls. This passage where Oliver (Barry Keoghan), obsessed with his friend Felix (Jacob Elordi), drinks his crush’s bath water to suck out the most intimate fluids, has spread on the Internet like a fashion phenomenon. This is evidenced by the candles scented with “Jacob Elordi’s bath water” , or even the cocktail inspired by the same scene.
However, the bathtub scene is not the only one to have shaken the spectators. There is another, just as disturbing, once again featuring Oliver and his crazy obsession with Felix. A scene that his interpreter Barry Keoghan actually admitted to having improvised.
Warning: this article contains spoilers from Saltburn.
A scandalous improvised scene in Saltburn
After the bath, it’s another moment that gets people talking: in an interview during the Golden Globes, Barry Keoghan explained that he improvised the sequence in which his character makes love… at his friend’s grave.
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Asked about his improvisations in Saltburn, Barry Keoghan admitted that the tomb scene was “actually more of a collaboration,” before specifying: “I wanted to see how far it could go, what the next level of obsession. I just wanted the camera to keep rolling, nothing to be anticipated or prepared. And what happened… well, it happened. But yes, it was in one take. And yes, I think it was fair, it helped the story move forward.”
The actor was at the Golden Globes, nominated for best male performance in a drama film, precisely for Saltburn. A film for which he gave body and soul, until its dancing ending (but still equal to the rest of the film). And about the finale, he had a bonus comment: “The dance scene was cool, I think I would love to do a musical after that. […] On the other hand, I don’t know how to sing.”
En France, Saltburn est disponible sur Amazon Prime Video.