Diablo Cody On Her Film’s “Romantic Love Scene”

“It’s a love scene to me, in a weird, sick way, and I really was looking forward to writing it. I was looking forward to it the way you look forward to actual sex. I was like, this is going to be good… It felt very romantic to me at the time.”

Diablo Cody discusses a pivotal moment in her new film, “Young Adult,” with Movies.com. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want the particulars of that scene spoiled, don’t click after the jump in which one of the actors in the film gives their take on the scene, which I will also explain in further detail.

Patton Oswalt plays Matt, a former high school classmate of the movie’s protagonist, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron). While Mavis looks back on her teenage years as the best of her life — so much so that she hasn’t actually grown up since then — Matt has far harsher memories of being beat to the point of being crippled by a group of students who thought he was gay. In the scene Diablo references above, after developing an unlikely, if antagonistic friendship, Matt and Mavis have sex. The scene is painful and awkward, both emotionally because of the vulnerability between the two, and physically, because of Matt’s handicap. Says Oswalt of preparing for the scene:

“I worked with an acting coach on this for months, this amazing woman, Nancy Banks, and I worked with a physical therapist, but that scene, no matter how much we went over that, I just realized there was no way to prepare for it. It would actually serve the scene and serve Diablo’s script better if I wasn’t totally ready, because Matt is not totally ready, and it is awkward and it is all rushing out of them, and also because that’s the scene where they are literally and figuratively naked. They are beyond all cleverness. They are beyond all quippy-ness. They are almost nonverbal at that point. So I decided, you know, and I knew enough about the character at that point that I thought, I’m going to serve this scene by not being ready and by being awkward and by being uncomfortable, because that’s what the scene needs. It’s not what I need; it’s what the scene needs.”

For those of you who saw the film, what did you think? [Movies.com]