The showrunner of Travel companion has spoken out about the two rules for Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer’s sex scenes.
In October, LGBTQIA+ television enthusiasts can finally enjoy the long-awaited limited series.
Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon, the series is described as “an epic love story and political thriller chronicling the volatile romance of two very different men who find themselves in the shadows of McCarthy-era Washington.”
Bailey will play Tim Laughlin, a “young man full of idealism and religious faith” who is optimistic about the world after World War II.
His life changes when he meets Bomer’s character, Hawkins Fuller, who “has a financially rewarding political career behind the scenes.”
The official synopsis continues: “They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants,” ushering in one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history.
“Over the course of four decades, we follow our five main characters – Hawk, Tim, Marcus Lucy and Frankie – at the intersection of the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 70s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s , while simultaneously facing obstacles in the world and within themselves.”
With the Travel companion Premiere is just around the corner, showrunner Ron Nyswaner is spilling new tea behind the scenes Weekly entertainment – including the two rules for Bomer and Bailey’s sex scenes.
The first rule comes from a famous quote by Oscar Wilde: “Everything in the world has to do with sex, except sex.” “Sex is about power.”
Nyswaner’s second rule was not to show “the same sexual act more than once or the same combination” throughout the series.
He continued that the idea proved difficult when they got to the end of the writing process, adding, “I remember when we were writing Episode 8, my co-writers and I said, ‘What haven’t we done.’ ?'” made?'”
Towards the end of the in-depth interview, executive producer Daniel Minahan provided further insight into the way the series’ sex scenes are an integral part of the story.
“The thing about these sex scenes is that they move the story forward. “The way they move the story forward is through the transfer of power between (the characters),” he explained.
In May, Bailey and Bomer expressed similar views on their characters’ relationship and the ever-changing power dynamics.
“The nuance of a complicated and volatile queer relationship is the balance of power, and that’s what’s surprising about Tim and Hawk,” she told Vanity Fair.
Bomer added: “There is a level of trust and intimacy that is even more valuable when society is against you.” You keep your secrets to yourself.
Travel companion will premiere on Paramount+ with Showtime on October 27th in the US and October 28th in the UK.