Director Adrian Lyne makes his 20 year return to movie making with Deep Water, starring Ben Afflick and Ana De Armas.

If there's one guy who knows how to make an erotic thriller in Hollywood, it's Adrian Lyne.

The British director, 81, practically defined the genre in the 1980s and 1990s with films like 9 1/2 Weeks and Indecent Proposal and above all Fatal Attraction which gave the world the term "bunny-boiler".

Now Lyne is back after a 20-year break with another steamy tale of marital infidelity, Deep Water, starring Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas.

The pair briefly dated in real life, though hopefully with less grisly consequences than in the film, in which Armas's character drives her husband crazy with flagrant affairs.

"When I cast them, I did a test in my house in LA," Lyne said of the movie's release on Prime Video this Friday.

"I didn't know a lot about Ana... but when I saw her work with Ben I could see straightaway that the chemistry was good. It's not about her or him, but them together."

It was quite a challenge to keep the unsettling tone of the movie: "Often, studios' instinct is to iron out the bumps in a screenplay, but those are often the most interesting parts," Lyne said.

"I wanted to do a movie where there's a sort of complicity between them. This is not a happy, conventional marriage. There's a sense of unease."

At a time when Hollywood is seen as increasingly puritanical, was it hard for Lyne to get so sexual a story into production?

"People always want to isolate sex and talk about sex in movies, but it's part of everything we do," he said.

The real theme was jealousy, he said, "which is such a complicated emotion - obviously it's incredibly destructive but there's also an erotic side".

There isn't any particular reason why Lyne has been away for two decades - it is just the reality of movie-making, where projects can take years to finance and sometimes collapse at the last minute.

He is determined not to wait as long for the next one.

"I can't wait another 20 years," he says, laughing again. "I'd be 100!"

Source: AFP

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