Mrs. Fletcher stars Kathryn Hahn.
Mrs. Fletcher stars Kathryn Hahn.

Truth about porn scenes on TV

HBO's newest show does not shy away from porn.

Mrs. Fletcher shows its main character, played by Kathryn Hahn, watching a hell of a lot of it.

But that wasn't an easy thing to film. The logistic process of broadcasting porn on a TV series is not as simple as loading a porn site, pressing play and yelling action.

With copyright and consent issues, there's a lot that goes into getting pornography for the purpose of shooting a series, and it turns out sometimes the producers have to film their own porn.

Tom Perrotta is the writer of Mrs. Fletcher, which hits streaming on Foxtel Now on Sunday, and he walked website Decider through the tricky process of sourcing and making X-rated clips.

Kathryn Hahn’s character watches a lot of porn in the new show, Mrs. Fletcher. Picture: Foxtel
Kathryn Hahn’s character watches a lot of porn in the new show, Mrs. Fletcher. Picture: Foxtel

"Yeah, yeah, that was pretty complicated," Mr Perrotta laughed.

"So, I think we originally thought that we would have to shoot our own because there are definitely different standards for TV and porn sites. The problem was it's harder than it looks.

"So then we started actually calling clips from the web and some of those are in the show, and they are shocking. And we were able to use the Milfateria homepage, (some) pretty graphic stuff that was on the web that we had permission to use through a provider HBO connected us with.

"Sometimes we did find material where we couldn't contact actors for permission, and then we decided that we couldn't use it because it's one thing to consent to making porn and having it shown in a porn space, and I think you really have to explicitly consent to being in a mainstream TV show.

"Then in that case, we really had to go full circle and kind of shoot our own stuff …

"We tried to really recreate the look and kind of the format of stuff that was available. And that doesn't feel to me like we're satirising a brand of porn, it really does feel like as close as we can get to the original."

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Hahn plays Eve Fletcher in the coming-of-age comedy, of which she's attracting some serious Emmys buzz.

The series follows Eve, a single mother who finally learns to embrace her sexuality after her son Brendan (Jackson White) goes off to college and she's left in an empty nest for the first time.


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