[WARNING: SPOILERS ahead for Blade Runner 2049.]

Director Denis Villeneuve detailed in a new interview how he made Blade Runner 2049’s hologram sex scene. The long-awaited sequel is a visual triumph, featuring many beautifully shot sequences and set-pieces. Villeneuve eschewed CGI in favor of practical effects and real sets as much as he could, but could not avoid it for the sex scene that features the holographic Joi (Ana de Armas) engaging in a “threesome” with replicant blade runner K (Ryan Gosling) pleasure model Mariette (Mackenzie Davis).

The scene has quickly become one of the most talked-about sequences from the film, as much for its ...

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