White Lotus star addresses "shocking" sex cliffhanger

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Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

The White Lotus actor Murray Bartlett has addressed episode 4's cliffhanger, which features his character being 'rimmed'.

Portrayer of Armond, who gets caught in the sex act with Dillon by Shane, Bartlett sat down for an exclusive chinwag with Digital Spy to reflect on filming this scene.

"I think that there's ways to show intimacy, that you don't need to be explicit, and it can be even more intimate and amazing when you don't see stuff," he began to explain.

In the context of this scene, we wanted to be shocking, and, you know, it is shocking.

Photo credit: Mario Perez - HBO
Photo credit: Mario Perez - HBO

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"But I also love that it's not something that we see very often," the actor pointed out.

"In terms of the function of the scene, I think the shock value of that for people who are not used to that kind of... configuration of intimacy [laughs], is really brilliant."

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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Further along, he weighed in on the dynamics of Armond's relationship with Dillon, played onscreen by Euphoria's Lukas Gage.

"It felt right in terms of the shock value. And it felt great in terms of: 'Let's show something that is a natural part of sex for a lot of queer people.'

"It serves the scene in such a great way," concluded Bartlett.

The White Lotus streams on HBO and HBO Max in the US. A UK broadcaster and premiere date are yet to be confirmed.

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