French actress Maria Schneider, best known for playing Jeanne in the 1972 classic â€œLast Tango In Parisâ€, has died after a long illness in Paris, France on Thursday (February 3). Maria was 58 years old.
The actress expressed regret about appearing in the famous movie, which included several very graphic sex scenes, and even claimed she felt raped by co-star Marlon Brandon and the director, Bernardo Bertolucci.
Maria was an innocent 19 year old girl who felt incredibly uncomfortable filming the movie that made her famous worldwide. The most famous and uncomfortable sex scene from the movie involved butter and was not in the original script.
“The truth is, it was Marlon who came up with the idea,” Maria said. “They only told me about it before we had to film the scene, and I was so angry. I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that.
“Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie.’ But during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Brando and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologize. Thankfully, there was just one take.”
During a controversial interview in 2007, Maria also confessed she was never comfortable with fame, which made her make bad decisions, including the use of heavy drugs and one failed suicide attempt.
R.I.P. Maria Schneider.