Like the climactic (ahem) sex scene in A History of Violence, this is Eastern Promises' defining physical act, a turning point that irrevocably alters the emotional predicament of its central character. And it's a doozy.
"We talked about it long before shooting and as we were working out the choreography," Mortensen said. "And I said, you should just shoot it like you do the rest of the movie for real. It shouldn't be limited. You shouldn't have to try to make the body look glamorous or avoid seeing the whole body as much as possible. Forget about the fact that people are going to do screen grabs. It's just the way it is." (Michelle Devereaux)