“We wanted to make it look foreign, and found, and completely natural -- but new,” Stewart told The Daily Beast about the scene in particular, adding that “it was a really good time for both of us to make this movie.”
“I think they were just losing themselves,” Doremus says, revealing that he was very much “a passenger” during filming. “At that point, they're just in it.”
At the movie's Tribeca Film Festival premiere, Hoult admitted to Vulture that it was very uncomfortable to watch the first time. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s me, but I feel I shouldn’t be watching it,’” the actor said.
“It feels like you've almost stolen something,” Doremus says of Hoult’s comments, explaining that the scene was largely improvised on set. “It's kind of inappropriate almost, which is what I love about it. It's so intimate and personal that you shouldn't have experienced that. You shouldn't have watched that. I think it was weird for him watching that.”
Though, Doremus is quick to clarify this happens on all of his films. “All my actors, even Felicity [Jones], have always said, ‘It's really strange watching myself in your movie because I don't remember saying or doing any of that.’”
Hoult and Stewart’s explosion of human emotions in Equals can be seen on DirecTV Cinema starting May 26 followed by its limited theatrical release on July 15.