Rosamund Pike practised Gone Girl sex scenes with a Dora the Explorer doll

Don't let your kids hear about this...

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Any parents considering letting their young children stay up late in front of the TV this Friday night should probably think again, as a certain revelation on The Graham Norton Show might just scar them for life.

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Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike tells a story about how she learned to cut someone’s throat for the role of murderous Amy Dunne by practising with a Stanley knife on animal carcasses. But that’s not the part we have in mind. No, it’s when she reveals that she also rehearsed her sex scenes – with help from a certain well-loved kids’ TV character…

“I’d never cut anyone’s throat,” says Pike, “so I went to a local butchers and with great determination set about the carcasses with a Stanley knife in full view of customers.”

And to perfect her sex scenes? “I rehearsed with a Dora the Explorer doll in my back yard, probably in full view of the neighbours!”

At least Boots the monkey wasn’t there to see it…

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Rosamund Pike appears with Chris Martin, Michael McIntyre and Andrew Lloyd Webber on The Graham Norton Show at 10:35pm on Friday 11th November