Actors are usually paid to… well, act. They are professional artists whose job involves turning themselves into a person they aren’t, to the amazement of fans and moviegoers around the world. When it comes to shooting the ever-embarrassing love scene, these stalwart professionals throw back a shot of tequila (if needed) and get to work simulating intercourse. At least, that’s how it usually goes down.

These people show up to work and while they may be friendly with their coworkers, they aren’t accustomed to bumping actual uglies with them so love-making is awkwardly simulated either with body doubles or good lighting, sound editing, and camera tricks. Then there are the entries on this list.

Rumors have been kicking around Hollywood for years about how some scenes weren’t as simulated as we were led to believe. While some have confirmed their acts were genuine, others have denied it over the years. We wanted to know for sure so we sat through hours of these films, read the gossip rags, and found interviews revealing what truly went down between the sheets on set.

After a great deal of study, we finally came up with these 15 Times ‘Love’ Scenes On Screen Were Real. 

15. LITTLE ASHES (2008)

ROBERT PATTINSON LITTLE ASHES 15 Times Love Scenes On Screen Were Real

Just because you aren’t making love with another person, doesn’t mean you aren’t making love… right? Well, whatever your take on that happens to be, we can thank Robert Pattinson for going all-out for his performance as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, earning him a place on this list.

The movie holds a rating of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes so it’s ok if you haven’t seen it. If you did want to get a glimpse of Pattinson’s actual O-Face, you might want to check out the flick because he went for authenticity in this one.

Prior to filming a love scene with another man, Pattinson decided the best way to get ready was to self-pleasure on camera. To be fair, the camera didn’t expose the actual act, but rather, his face.  He told Interview magazine, “I pleasured myself in front of the camera. My orgasm face is recorded for eternity.”

Most actors would have just gone for the acting route, but Pattinson didn’t want to disappoint and his O-Face has been recorded for all to see.

14. CALIGULA (1979)

Screencap from Caligula 15 Times Love Scenes On Screen Were Real

This cinematic gem stars the talents of Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Peter O’Toole, and a lot of adult film actors. Caligula is credited as one of the worst movies ever, though the performance by McDowell was received rather well considering the nature of the movie.

People were disgusted as they walked out of the theaters across the country and the uncut version of the film is still banned in a number of nations across the world. Besides the overall graphic nature of the film and the depictions of depravity, there are about five minutes of uncensored copulation.

Originally, Caligula was meant to be a political satire, but when the producers got a hold of it, they decided to change it considerably. They wouldn’t let the director, Tinto Brass, edit his own film after he refused to shoot the love scenes. They took it, added the explicit material, and turned it into a pornographic drama. For the explicit scenes, Penthouse Pets were cast as extras while adult entertainers were brought in solely for the sex.