Last Tango in Paris' Maria Schneider Felt Raped by Marlon Brando
“That scene wasn’t in the original script. The truth is it was Marlon who came up with the idea,” Maria told the Daily Mail in 2007. “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,” she added. “I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologize. Thankfully, there was just one take.”
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Maria said in the interview that she had no problem with being nude in the movie and that her relationship with Marlon was more like a father/daughter one.
“Not at all,” she said when asked if the sex scenes were real. “There was no attraction between us. For me, he was more like a father figure and I a daughter.”
The attention from the film brought Maria into a depression and she tried to commit suicide.
“[It] made me go mad. I got into drugs – pot and then cocaine, LSD and heroin – it was like an escape from reality. It was the Seventies and at that time, it was all going on,” Maria said. “I didn’t enjoy being famous at all and drugs were my escape. I took pills to try and commit suicide but I survived because God decided it wasn’t the time for me to go. I suppose it was like a suicide when I overdosed two or three times on drugs, but each time I woke up when the ambulance arrived.”