What happens in the Saltburn bathtub scene?

Oliver steps inside the tub, kneels down, and starts lapping up the remnants of the bathwater which presumedly contains Felix’s semen. He presses his whole face against the drain as he drinks up every drop. It’s… a lot! 

What has Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi and the director said about the bathtub scene in Saltburn?

The two young actors have taken the controversial scene in their stride — in fact, they have made it into a big joke. 

When Variety asked Jacob about the semen-sipping in the scene, he joked “I was like, ‘Thank God, it’s mine,’” Elordi responded. “I was very proud. I was very proud to have Barry Keoghan guzzling it like that.”

Elordi’s hilarious response was relayed to Keoghan, who said “He doesn’t text me back or ring me back. It’s so weird. He’s pretending to like me. It’s weird, man.”

Saltburn’s director and writer also shared enthusiastic sentiments about the bathtub scene.

“What I’m saying with that scene is I think that scene is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Emerald Fennell told PEOPLE.

“Did you feel something you’ve never felt before in a movie? And if that’s the case, then the movie is effective, and it’s worked, and that’s what we wanted to do.”

Saltburn is still screening in cinemas but will be released on Prime Video Australia on December 22, 2023. Merry Christmas, indeed! 

Feature image: LuckyChap Entertainment. 

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