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Italian director clarifies 'Last Tango' butter rape scene

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/7/2016
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, director Bernardo Bertolucci poses for photographers during a photo call at the Rome Film festival in Rome. A recently unearthed video interview with Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter sex scene in “Last Tango in Paris”. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, director Bernardo Bertolucci poses for photographers during a photo call at the Rome Film festival in Rome. A recently unearthed video interview with Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter sex scene in “Last Tango in Paris”. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

ROME (AP) — Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is clarifying details about the infamous butter rape scene in the "Last Tango in Paris."

Bertolucci says the only novelty sprung on actress Maria Schneider was the butter — not the simulated rape, which he said was written into the script.

A Bertolucci statement carried by the ANSA news agency said that "some people thought, and think, that Maria wasn't informed about the rape. False! Maria knew everything because she had read it in the script, where it was described. The only novelty was the idea of the butter."

The controversial film made headlines in recent days after a 2013 interview surfaced in which Bertolucci said neither he nor Marlon Brando had told Schneider of their plans to use the stick of butter during the scene.

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