Fatal Attraction's Glenn Close and Michael Douglas

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"Fatal Attraction" is more than three decades old now, but it's still known for its sex scenes. That kitchen sink one still comes up, even all these years later.

Michael Douglas, who starred in the film opposite Glenn Close, recently discussed some of his greatest films in a Variety interview, and he mentioned the well-known scene. He pointed out that it could easily have become "tawdry," if not for something important: humor.

"Right at the moment it gets uncomfortable for the audience, you need to have that comic relief," Douglas told Variety. "In 'Fatal Attraction' we had the kitchen sink sex scene, and my pants dropped down to my ankles and I waddled to get her into bed. And it lets the audience laugh. You need it."

Douglas definitely knows a thing or two about how to make a scene work onscreen. The actor has been appearing in films since the 1960s and won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988 for his role in "Wall Street." He, like the sex scenes in "Fatal Attraction," has had staying power.

[via: Variety]