He said that the scene was real and that it was the actor Marlon Brando (48 years old) who suggested the morning of the shooting day to “use butter” for penetration. Adding that he felt guilty for what he did, but did not regret it: “I wanted the reaction of a girl who was raped and humiliated, not the feelings of an actress.”
Pointing out that “Maria hated me. Brando and I hated me until she died.” “Paris Match” recounted, six years after the film, that the young actress spent the night screaming and crying in her room. Schneider told the Daily Mail in 2007 that she felt “a little bit raped by Marlon and Bertolucci” and that Brando told her, “Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie.”
And she added, “My tears did not stop falling, and he did not relieve me after that or apologize.” Later, she told “Liberation”: “I was a young woman who did not know what I should do or what my rights were.” After that, she refused to film nudity scenes, but I had a bout of depression when I was asked in the movie “Caligula” to strip. One newspaper later wrote of the scene that “Maria made her own butter.”
The publication of Bertolucci’s confession, the photographer, that the scene was “real” and “a trap” for the actress, sparked a wave of resentment among some Hollywood actresses on social media. Especially since this “cursed role” (in “The Last Tango…”) left a trauma in the life of its owner, who later learned (not because of him, of course) psychological pains that led her to heroin, several suicide attempts, and a stay in mental health clinics.
“Let them say what they like about me: abuser, addict, bad-tempered, I don’t care,” Maria told Paris Match in 1978. The star of a number of Anthony films passed away of cancer at the age of 58. Brando said he had never seen a rape scene in his life.