Barry Keoghan, star of Saltburn, talked about a particularly powerful scene in Emerald Fennell’s new movie.
In the film, Keoghan plays Oxford student Oliver Quick, who develops an obsession with Jacob Elordi’s character, Felix, a classmate. Even after Felix passes away, Oliver indulges in his obsession to a certain extent.
In one scene, Oliver actually humps the freshly-churned earth that contains Felix’s body following the funeral. In an interview, Keoghan opened up about this scene.
“Saltburn,” the latest twisted thriller from Oscar-winning director Emerald Fennell, features a number of graphic scenes that have audiences unsure of whether to find them disturbing or titillating.
In the movie, Keoghan plays a mid-2000s English university student who develops a dangerous obsession with an aristocratic classmate played by Elordi.
Keoghan observes Elordi masturbating in a bathtub in one scene. Around the tub’s drain, Keoghan can be seen licking up Elordi’s semen. Throughout the movie, Keoghan has multiple pants drops.
He mounds the earth of a cemetery plot in one scene. Archie Madekwe was amazed at how intimate a late-night bedroom romp could be when getting to know Keoghan.
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As for the movie’s final scene, where Keoghan goes full Monty dancing to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 2001 hit song, “Murder on the Dancefloor,” Keoghan insisted it was cold during filming.
Speaking about the scene was Fennell, who gained notoriety with her first feature film, Promising Young Woman.
Saltburn has opened to a flurry of attention thanks to its two leads, Keoghan and Elordi. However, the movie has had its detractors with some reviews, including Digital Spy’s review, explaining that the picture favors style over substance.
October 18, 1992, is the birthday of Irish actor Barry Keoghan. He has been designated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and he has won various honors, including a BAFTA.
He secured number 27 in 2020 in the Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.
Keoghan started acting in 2011 and became well-known in 2017 for his parts in The Killing of a Sacred Deer by Yorgos Lanthimos and Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan.
His roles in the fantasy film The Green Knight (2021) and the Irish crime film Calm with Horses (2019) won him praise. With his portrayal of Druig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Eternals (2021), he ventured into high-budget cinema.
In 2022, he featured in Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Entertainer in a Supporting Role and got selections for Best Supporting Entertainer at the Golden Globe and Academy Awards.