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Strange Way of Life director says there won’t be any nudity in his gay western

"You are going to see two wonderful performances."

By Alastair James

Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal in Strange Way of Life
Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal in Strange Way of Life (Image: Pathé)

Pedro Almodóvar, the director of the gay western, Strange Way of Life, has discussed the film’s nudity and apparently, there isn’t any.

Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke lead the short film as two cowboys who reunite after 25 years apart.

The trailers have shown off some of the pair’s crackling chemistry and heated tension. They’ve also shown both actors appearing in some state of undress.

However, when introducing the film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Almodóvar confirmed whether Pascal and Hawke would be seen fully nude.

“There are a lot of scenes with Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke,” he said as per Jada Yauna from The Washington Post.

Almodóvar then added: “I am sorry to say that they are not naked… you are not going to see them naked, but you are going to see two wonderful performance [sic].”

Yuan later added in a follow-up post on X that “I think he was essentially apologizing / regretting that there wasn’t more nudity.”

Either way, given the film’s cast and what snippets we’ve seen so far, we’re sure Strange Way of Life is sure to be good.

Pascal has previously addressed the film’s intimate scenes. He told IndieWire in May that the “sexual chemistry” between himself and Hawke wasn’t something he had been concerned about.

“I think there’s a disarming and playful sexiness to everything Pedro [Almodóvar] does, so it’s exciting to step into that world. It also helped to have a scene partner as good as Ethan.”

Strange Way of Life will be in UK cinemas for one night only on 25 September.