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You Star Penn Badgley Said He Was Asked To Make Masturbation Scenes Less Creepy

Actor Penn Badgley, who is rumored to be the frontrunner for the role of Mr Fantastic in the upcoming MCU reboot of Fantastic Four, recently opened up about the notes he received on the set of You about his solo sex scenes being a bit creepy.

Sitting down with Nava Kavelin and Sophie Ansari for their podcast Podcrushed, Badgley, 35, scoffs at the countless notes he has received in regards to filming his solo masturbation scenes.

"I've now done it so many times on camera. It's a strange — you don't think it's going to be that big of a deal. And then you discover in front of a crew of people with a camera on your face, knowing that, in all likelihood, millions of people are going to see this, you're simulating masturbation," the actor told Stitcher's Podcrushed on Wednesday.

"I have to say sometimes those scenes are harder than with a person because it's just like, alright, this is what I'm doing," he said.

If that wasn't uncomfortable enough, Badgley revealed that he's often received very specific feedback from directors: "I've always gotten the note to make it less creepy."

He continued, "They say like, 'Close your eyes or go faster or go slower.' I'm like, 'What? This man is f---ing murder people, and he's masturbating in the street. You're saying I'm making it creepy? How is it I'm the one making it creepy?'"

The former Gossip Girl star even shared a specific piece of advice from director Lee Toland Krieger: "He was like, 'Buddy, I think you gotta close your eyes.'"

"I don't remember exactly what he said," added Badgley. "He was very graciously communicating that it was creepy."

If Joe Goldberg is supposed to be a creepy character, I don't get why they wouldn't want the mastubation scenes to come off that way, especially since his character is a homicidal nut.

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