One of the most talked-about scenes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the opening sequence of “Fair Play,” a sexy thriller starring “Bridgerton” breakout Phoebe Dinever and “Solo” actor Alden Ehrenreich. They play a newly engaged couple who keep their relationship a secret as they work together at a cut-throat hedge fund.
In a particularly buzzy scene, Dynevor’s characters Emily and Ehrenreich’s Luke attend a wedding, where they hide in the bathroom to get hot and heavy. without being too specific (or given very Many), have a sex act that covers Emily’s glamorous satin dress in blood.
“I loved it,” Dynevor said. “[When I read the script] I was like, ‘Hallelujah’. I have not seen such a scene in the film before. it happens I don’t want to spoil too much, but it was fun to bring it to life.”
Ehrenreich knew the tragic event would play well to a packed house at the Library Center Theater in Park City, where the film premiered Friday. “Watching the movie with the audience was a high point. Stay in the room and [hear] The response from the audience was fantastic.”
Before filming the bathroom encounter, Dinever and Ehrenreich prepared thoroughly with the help of an intimacy coordinator. “We had a week of rehearsals before we got on set,” Dynevor says. “That day, it felt like we knew what we were doing at that point.”
Still, no amount of practice can prevent an unexpected difficulty during filming, involving excess bodily fluids.
“I remember there was a lot of blood at one point,” Ehrenreich remembers. “It was crazy.”
Dynevor exclaimed: “And then there wasn’t enough…”
“The continuity of the blood was one thing,” director Chloe Dumont added with a laugh. “We ended up working it out for the movie cut.”
In the moment, Emily and Luke laughed about the incident. It was intentional, Dumont says, to root their response in humor rather than embarrassment.
“They are charmingly dysfunctional and human. You love them because of the messiness and how they react. You have to fall in love with these characters at this point,” says Domont. “How do you do that in the most humane way? It’s a combination of love and chaos.”
The director wants the audience to fall for the pair’s charming relationship before Emily gets promoted to her high-stakes finance job on Luke — and the couple’s power dynamic shifts irrevocably.
“I think so [finance] There was a great backdrop because the high-stakes were ripe for drama,” says Dumont. “It feeds into relationship toxicity and vice versa.”