The 'surprise' unscripted Last Tango in Paris rape scene with Marlon Brando that ended in tragedy...

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Aged 19, French actress Maria Schneider starred alongside a 48-year-old Marlon Brando in a film that would go on to spark controversy and outcry from critics and viewers across the globe.

**WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT**French actress Maria Schneider was just a teenager when she was forced to perform a brutal and unscripted rape scene with a man almost three decades her senior - sending her life down a dark path.

The furore the graphic scene generated was just the beginning of her tumultuous adulthood involving drugs, a stint in an asylum and a battle with cancer that tragically claimed her life at only 58 years of age. After playing a lead role in Last Tango in Paris, which had premiered in New York Film Festival the previous night, the movie became instantly notorious.

A budding actress, Schneider jumped at the chance to play the infamous character Jeanne, but the darker truths of story - and what would be expected of her to fulfil the role - would soon come to light. The pair face several emotional rollercoasters throughout the movie, but despite the underlying theme of passion and romance, it is no love story.

'The sequence of the butter is an idea that I had with Marlon in the morning before shooting it,' Bertulocci said in the video, published on YouTube.'I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress,' he added. 'And I think that she hated me and also Marlon because we didn't tell her.'The infamous unscripted rape scene saw Schneider, 19, being anally raped by Brando, 48, on a Paris apartment floor.

Following the vulgar scene, in 2007 - four years before her death, Schneider told the Daily Mail she felt 'a little bit raped' by Brando and Bertolucci. The traumatised actress went on to call Bertolucci 'fat and sweaty and very manipulative' and revealed she had 'a bad feeling' before accepting the role.

Life after Last TangoFollowing the release of the movie, an Italian private prosecution by Gino Paoli Latin, the prosecutor of Bologna, was launched on the grounds of 'obscene content offensive to public decency' and 'descriptions and exhibitions of masturbation, libidinous acts and lewd nudity, accompanied off-screen by sounds, sighs and shrieks of climatic pleasure'.

The Hollywood star revealed she did not enjoy being famous at all, leading her to attempt to take her own life on several occasions and 'only surviving because God decided it wasn't the time for me to go.'

 

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