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For their October issue, Out interviews adorable Gay-of-all-trades and striped-shirt aficionado John Cameron Mitchell on the matter of his new film, Shortbus,which features explicit sex scenes but is not, mind you, hardcore porn. So how to go about shooting this brave new art?

"The guys were a lot more comfortable than the girls with the sexual rehearsals. One actress suggested that everyone in the room be nude: including me, my assistant and the cameraperson. It worked. After the initial shock, everybody relaxed. But nudity is not sex. At first, the guys were all "no prob", but once we got on set, the women were zen and the guys were like: "Where's the Viagra?" Once the actors took their pills way too too early. Later we had to digitally remove the red from their faces. Another time, an actor came unexpectedly—all over my shoe. The group sex scenes were a lot easier cause it was a big room full of couples doing what they always do—I just kept the cameras out of their way. The only problem was that when we were finished, they weren't. Someone said, "If we gotta go there, then so do you." For my Hitchcock cameo I decided to do something I had never done. I ate me some pussy. It didn't get me hard but it was better than craft service. Are you happy now, Mom?"

She's thrilled, thank you.

John Cameron Mitchell Takes the Plunge [Out]