Karl Glusman knew he was taking on a unique acting challenge when he signed up for Gaspar Noe's "Love," an explicit look at the romantic and sexual life of a couple shot featuing full nudity and actual intercourse. But at least Glusman has gotten over the idea that audience members who meet him are just thinking about him naked.
You're playing a character that seems so in line with your director.
I mean, he wears a jacket to interviews that I literally wore in the movie. I was often wearing Gaspar's T-shirts, which were unwashed and smelling of him. Sometimes he didn't like the jeans I was wearing so he'd say, "Let's switch pants real quick." He was often stealing my belts. I was wearing his clothes and not trying to do an imitation of him but trying to channel things that he would say. The movie, for him, is a very personal piece. He wanted to make something that really depicted in a very honest way the way he has experienced loving relationships and heartbreak.
So with these T-shirts, what kind of smell are we talking about?
The man doesn't wear deodorant, so we're talking funky.
Gaspar has quite a reputation. How did you find him?
I know at times he has this reputation for being a sick, deranged, provocateur, but he really is a sweet guy. I had some reservations in the beginning, and when I first went to Paris I was a little creeped out by him because I thought I was meeting some, like, dirty porno director. But then I saw how he was with his godson, this child, and that was kind of the moment where I thought, "This guy's OK."