Andrew Scott on using chocolate as a reward for sex scenes

The Sherlock star reveals how he incentivised his nude scenes in The Town with his favourite sweet treats…

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It’s safe to say love scenes are not most actors’ favourite part of the job. Getting naked with a relative stranger can be nerve-wracking enough so having a whole TV crew watching must make it extra hard. But Andrew Scott, best known to fans of Sherlock as consulting criminal Jim Moriarty, has a secret weapon for ensuring a solid performance – chocolate.

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In his latest TV project, ITV1 series The Town (airing early next month), Scott plays a young man returning to his home town after a decade away. There he rekindles a romance with his first love, played by Charlotte Riley – and the actor admitted things get a little steamy between the pair.

“There is an element of roooomance – yes, there is,” Scott told RadioTimes.com. “I do get my kit off. I do.” What, everything? “Well, no, I don’t think the audience need to see that! I don’t think they’d want to see that. But there’s definitely a bit of that.”

And Scott revealed that he and Riley gave themselves a reward for completing the scene in question: “I had a Double-Decker Duo and a packet of giant buttons after it. Charlotte had a packet of Monster Munch.”

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So when you watch that particular scene and see the passion in the two actors’ eyes, just remember it’s not each other they’re lusting after – its chocolate and crisps…