Search Search. Menu Sections. He's become less insulated, more gregarious'. Sam Mendes is like a magician with a huge bag of tricks. At 24, he directed Judi Dench, then his debut movie won five Oscars — cementing his reputation as a unique creative force. Now, with his latest film winning Golden Globe nominations, and an ambitious theatre project in train, he talks to Gaby Wood about family, work and watching his wife, Kate Winslet, have screen sex with Leonardo DiCaprio. So for the relevant parts of Revolutionary Road, his first collaboration with Kate Winslet, Mendes moved the monitor screens into another room, and watched from there.
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He's my husband. This is a bit weird. Mendes, who also directed American Beauty and Road to Perdition, agreed: "I will admit it was quite bizarre to direct my wife in how to make love. But it's difficult whether you're married to a person or not. It has been 11 years since Winslet and DiCaprio co-starred in the Oscar-winning blockbuster Titanic, and Winslet said a spark remains between them. She told Entertainment Weekly: "I hadn't realized how much my chemistry with him since Titanic would still stick. It's great to discover we can just slip right into it, like muscle memory.
The Oscar-winning actress was so disturbed by the relaxed attitude of her husband Sam Mendes — who she is now separated from — to the raunchy scenes in film Revolutionary Road it made her question her marriage. She was really worried that Sam wasn't bothered by the fact that his wife was making out with another guy right in front of her. She was freaking out because she was supposed to be having sex with her best friend - me - while her husband directed. But I didn't find it weird at all. It didn't bother me, because that's part of acting.
Updated: GMT, 14 November Sam's like: "Oh, you're crazy! We could have a really nice time together! But the year-old actress is adamant. Indeed, just before I arrived to meet her at Sam's office in downtown Manhattan she had been busy, trying to sort out some complicated domestic drama.