With her ladylike Southern drawl and a resume full of tame romantic comedies, Andie MacDowell hardly seems apt to offer lessons on how to "shag." Of course, the British cast and crew of her dramedy Crush opening Friday thought of the Austin Powers meaning of the word. But MacDowell only meant to introduce them to South Carolina swing dancing!
Their inside joke gave writer-director John McKay an opportunity to break the ice between MacDowell a 43-year-old mother of three and her 27-year-old leading man, Kenny Doughty. "We knew they would be nervous with each other," he recalls, "so every morning, I got Andie to teach Kenny how to 'shag.' After that, the sex scenes didn't seem stupid anymore."
Here's the chick flick's sitch: The headmistress of an English country school gets hot and heavy with her former pupil. Thus, MacDowell was obliged to pleasure her younger co-star on a tombstone, in a car, at school and outside a church! Sounds like a welcome change of pace for anyone, really, but the actress especially appreciated it.
In fact, MacDowell got so comfortable in her lusty schoolmarm persona that she started suggesting new positions herself! "I found a postcard of a Renaissance painting, showing a woman's bare back and her face in the mirror. I said, 'I would love to be shot like that.' I hate when people do bedroom scenes and they cover themselves up!"