With Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott portraying lovers in an upcoming gay romance, we were already prepared to swoon. But it might just be their (literally) steamy friendship offscreen that sends us into cardiac arrest.
Over the weekend, the pair (plus Normal People actor Fionn O’Shea) celebrated Scott’s 47th birthday by taking shots at a gay bar—as one does. Photos of the group at LaLupe gay bar in Spain went viral, and there was an unrelated surge in fan fiction involving sweaty Irishmen with rolled-up sleeves and bulging arms.
Scott and Mescal are starring in Looking director Andrew Haigh’s upcoming film, All of Us Strangers. According to the synopsis, All of Us Strangers is “the story of a screenwriter Adam (Scott) who, after an encounter with his neighbor Harry (Mescal), is pulled back to his childhood home where he discovers that his long-dead parents (Jamie Bell and Claire Foy) are living and look the same age as the day they died.”
In a Vanity Fair preview in August, Haigh went into more detail on the nature of Adam and Harry’s romance and his overall approach to intimacy in the film. “I’ve been more objective in how I’ve shot sex scenes in the past,” Haigh said. “Here, I really wanted to feel the subjective nature of having sex and what it feels like—the nervousness and the excitement and the physical sensation of being touched by someone else, and what that does to you.”
He added, “There was chemistry between [Mescal and Scott] literally the second I saw them together.” We can spot the chemistry as well.
In addition to a tender love story, the surreal film also focuses on the relationship between an orphaned son and his parents. Now that Adam can talk with his mother and father, he can get to know them, seek their advice, and do something he’s never been able to—come out to them. Balancing romantic and parental love with queer themes is an intriguing mixture we can’t wait to see.
All of Us Strangers will release in theaters on December 22.
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