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Interview by Allison P. Davis AllisonPDavis. Where does one find an assembly line of penises, of all ages and ethnicities? Florida, obviously. No point putting this delicately: Janicza Bravo needed a lot of dick.
Zolawhich Bravo directed and co-wrote with playwright Jeremy O. Things go wildly off course: One misstep le to another, which le to a particularly busy night of sex work and a long night of man after man after man. Bravo had a vision for the scene: A montage of johns with a range of body types, of all ages and ethnicities. But where to find a bunch of willing genitals? Bravo and Zola producer Elizabeth Haggard decided to venture outside the confines of traditional casting—all the way to a nudist colony. The pair talked to us about the 10 men they found, as well as comedy bodies, pre-cum, and a whole lot more.
Why did you decide to portray this scene, where Stefani Riley Keough has sex with client after client, as a merry-go-round of anonymous men instead of a more traditional sex scene?
Janicza Bravo: When I came on board four years ago, there was another script by another director. That original script had a handful of nude scenes that I felt were a little off-putting. I wanted to be inside of the interaction, so I started to think about myself in sex.
What I was looking at? So we had to look at the men. In depictions of sex work, our focus tends to be on the women, and I wanted to shift that.
When I read the original [script], it cemented the idea for me. We have a pretty solid catalog. Elizabeth Haggard: We worked with a local casting director and found out very early on that Tampa has a really large population of strip clubs. Most of the people raising a hand for the work were male strippers—people who are professionally comfortable being nude. It made sense as a first stop, but the bodies that we saw were all the same, all fairly physically fit.
Bravo: I wanted bodies that looked like the bodies we would sleep with. Haggard: We became close with some of the owners of the strip clubs where we were shooting. They were good guys. We told them what we were looking for and they put the word out, so I started getting texts and s with nude pictures from men throughout Tampa.
Bravo: It was important that we found more of a range, including a racial range. I wanted a Black guy, an Asian guy, a brown guy, and it was mostly, you know, white guys with hard bodies who wanted to show their dicks in a room of people.
And none of them had pubic hair! We ended up at a nudist colony—one of the largest in the country. The man who led it was sort of like the granddaddy of the naked men. Bravo: We ended up at a nudist colony—one of the largest in the country.
This one man who led it was sort of like the granddaddy of the naked men. He guided the process and made the selection for me by giving me his own take on each of the residents. He even pitched me on his son-in-law, to get his own people in there. But he does this thing where he gets his nuts stepped on. I ended up casting him because he was younger. Bravo: Not an unreasonable request.
They're not going to let me into heaven with that move. For all the other guys—usually when you cast extras or day players, you get a bunch of photos and then you pick people based on their faces. To be blunt, I did feel a little like, I just need your dick. The final result of the scene needed to feel like a flood, so that when you walk away you maybe remember a handful of things. Maybe you remember the guy with the tattoos.
We need you!
Maybe you remember the guy with the sparkling eyes. But you wouldn't be able to piece all of them together. It was basically an assembly line. Floppies and parts. Bravo: I felt bad. Those are great balls.
So I ended up looking at faces to see, who has kind eyes, who has violent eyes? Do you have a weird, old, sad man face? Then I had an hour or two-hour phone conversation with each of them, all in one weekend. I wanted them to say yes to this, so I was very gentle in how I described the scene.
But the conversations were pretty breezy. She's really hot. Haggard: You see the gentlemen in the movie taking their pants off, and taking their boxers off. Our costume deer had this moment of, Oh no. She had to rush out and buy some boxers. But they were so comfortable with their bodies. We had to give some guys a minute to cool off. Bravo: That kind of thing happened a few times. Bravo: It actually led me to think: The thing that we might feel is uncomfortable—being in a scene and being naked—was actually the thing they were most tickled by.
I guess some of these men liked having the gaze on them. July 8, How to Cast a Dick. So where did you end up finding your guys? Two of the selected bodies during the briefly-clothed moments of the penis montage. So did you decide to cast based purely on penis? Oh dear.
I guess it happens!
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