Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone had to partake in a ludicrous virtual s*x scene for Marco Brambilla’s 1993 directorial debut, ‘Demolition Man.’
Sandra Bullock co-starred in Sylvester Stallone’s sci-fi action Demolition Man (1993). In addition to being remembered for the futuristic semi-utopian setting occupying the film’s popcorn-pleaser narrative, there’s one scene deemed peculiarly note-worthy by the audience and critics. It’s also a sequence that the leading actress while reflecting on her experiences during the film’s production, couldn’t help but slightly cringe at.
Possibly because of a bizarre line she had to say during the scene!
Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock in Demolition Man (1993)
The scenario involved the two stars donning virtual-reality helmets to engage in physical contact-free love-making. If this description wasn’t enough to reap laughter, perhaps knowing what dialogue the actress despised saying during the scene might be. During the Marco Brambilla-helmed endeavor’s production, Bullock partook in a chat with ET where she could barely stop herself from laughing at the awkward virtual s*x scene.
Sandra Bullock On Her Awkward Virtual S*x Scene With Sylvester Stallone
Demolition Man (1993)
Demolition Man‘s satire doesn’t go unnoticed. In fact, at times, it feels blatant. The story revolves around Sylvester Stallone‘s Sergeant John Spartan and Wesley Snipes‘ Simon Phoenix. Both characters, the former a police officer and the latter a crime lord are incarcerated and sentenced to be cryogenically frozen in what’s dubbed a “Cryo-Penitentiary.” This incident occurred in 1996.
When Spartan wakes up after being thawed in 2032 in “San Angeles,” he finds change everywhere. Everyone has collected themselves in a controlled, sub-utopian, pacifistic, touch-averse society with no traces of crime, pollution, unemployment, etc.
Lenina Huxley, played by Sandra Bullock, is an idealistic cop enthralled with the history and culture of the 1990s. She becomes Spartan’s bridge with the future, introducing him to the nitty-gritty of this ‘evolved’ society.
Sandra Bullock’s bizarre Demolition Man scene!
One of these societal shifts is highlighted in the scene that made Bullock laugh. People in the future of San Angeles are touch-averse and avoid physical intimacy. Even kissing is not condoned! So, when Huxley and Spartan agree to engage in intercourse, the former brings out digital headpieces for the duo to wear. After donning the headgear, a startled Spartan encounters a combination of flashing lights and visions of a bare body.
This proved to be the movie’s awkwardly hilarious virtual sci-fi s*x scene.
Reflecting on this bizarre sequence, the actress once told Entertainment Tonight how she despised saying the following dialogue:
“It’s a great scene because they both want it. They don’t know how to get it. […] The line that I hate more than life itself, ‘Vir-s*x has been proven to produce higher orders of alpha waves during the digitized transference of sexual energies.’”
A detached, extremely politically correct “utopian” society is the subject of the scene’s satirical, witty grammar. However, to the general audience, the hilarity of the sequence was sure to reap laughs… or perhaps it succeeded in making them cringe.
Nevertheless, it is among the many quirks of Marco Brambilla’s Demolition Man that have occupied a space in pop culture history.
Sylvester Stallone Once Teased A Demolition Man Sequel
Sylvester Stallone in Demolition Man (1993)
The prospect of a sequel to the 1993 sci-fi action was first mentioned in a Dec 1993 US Magazine report (via AFI Catalog). The follow-up was purported to be unveiled in 1995, but sadly, nothing of the like was ever released. It took years before the topic resurfaced. This time around, the possibility was referenced by none other than the movie’s star, Sylvester Stallone.
However, the action hero’s assertion didn’t satisfy Demolition Man enjoyers. In 2006, the actor claimed (via Ain’t It Cool News), “I’d like to make a sequel to Demolition Man, but I believe that ship has sailed, and maybe there are more challenges waiting on the horizon.”
Then came 2020. During an Instagram Q&A, as per IGN, the Rambo alum stated that a follow-up to Marco Brambilla’s 1993 endeavor might take shape one day. Following was his statement:
“I think it is coming. We’re working on it … with Warner Brothers, and it’s looking fantastic, so that should come out. That’s going to happen.”
Will the sequel happen?
It has been three years since the revelation, but hopes remain high among enthusiasts of the cult classic.
Upon release, the Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock starrer was met with a mixed reception. However, its box office returns, a whopping $159.1 million, made it a commercial triumph. On Rotten Tomatoes, the endeavor sits at 62% on the Tomatometer.