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Behind the Scenes of "Deja Vu" with Paula Patton


Denzel Washington and Paula Patton star in

Denzel Washington and Paula Patton in "Deja Vu."

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The Shower Scene: Trusting director Tony Scott was of the utmost importance while filming the shower scene in Déjà Vu. “That's when you just go, ‘I trust you, Tony. I trust you to do the right thing by me.’ I really don't know how many cameras were going because actually, when I saw the movie, I didn't remember there being a camera from up above. I was like, ‘Oh! I think he snuck that one in on me!’

We had talked about it. My idea of nudity, as of now, so don't hold me to this, this is how I feel at this moment, is that if it makes sense for the film and it's not in a sexual way... I feel like you can do sex scenes that are really sexy, without having to see nudity. But you're doing surveillance on a woman in the shower, and we're all going to know, if we just do it from the top up, that we're [staged]. Then it takes away from the reality of it. I think he did it really tastefully, and for a very short period of time. Short enough that my parents won't want to kill themselves I think that it works for the movie because you are being a voyeur in her world, and so it sort of happens that you see her like that. So I said, ‘Okay, Tony, I trust you!’"

Calling on Her Background in Medical Documentaries: Did her background in medical documentaries give her any special insight into playing a corpse? Patton answered, “That's an interesting question! It doesn't give you insight into playing a corpse, but when I did all those medical documentaries, I got to go into so many different people's homes and be a part of people's families. I think the greatest way to learn as an actor is to be around people. It really afforded me the opportunity to really observe human nature. How do you react when you hear that you have cancer? Or how does your family deal with it? It's always different. It's not one way.

I think sometimes we rely, often times, for movies to tell us how we should be. But in truth, sometimes when you watch human beings, that's really the greatest tool for learning how to act. That's why I love still watching documentaries, because you're always surprised. You see a family that's just learned that their child has died, and they'll just stay there quietly for a moment in that shock. It's not quite the way you'd see it on Desperate Housewives or something, you know what I mean? It's just different. That's what I gained from it.”

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