The director of a new film starring Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott has said the leading men were “really into each other” during shooting of the movie.
Andrew Haigh is the director of forthcoming gay romance All Of Us Strangers.
It sees the two main characters - Adam (Scott) and Harry (Mescal) - meet and fall in love while Adam processes losing his parents.
During the movie, Screenwriter Adam returns to his childhood home to find his parents living as they were 30 years ago when they died. His parents are played by Jamie Bell and Claire Foy.
The movie, which is due for release in the UK in January, is loosely based on the 1987 novel Strangers by Taichi Yamada.
Speaking about the movie during a recent Q&A in Los Angeles, Haigh described a night out he had with Mescal, 27 and Scott, 47, where the duo’s chemistry was evident.
The British filmmaker said of their evening out together at a concert: “I could tell they were really into each other because they completely ignored me most of the day.
“They were just talking and putting their arms around each other. You could tell they really liked each other. And they’re still really good friends now.”
Haigh said their on and off-screen relationship was testament to their professionalism. “If you can get actors that want to work together, that care about working with each other, there’s chemistry already there because they wanted it to be the best it could be.”
The director has previously described Scott and Mescal as being “fearless” when it came to the movie’s sex scenes.
“They knew how important they were,” he said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Mescal and Scott are among the stars to be nominated for the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) 2023 for the movie.
All Of Us Strangers received 14 nods - with Fleabag actor Scot nominated in the best lead performance category while Normal People’s Mescal nominated for best supporting performance.
The movie is also shortlisted in the best British independent film category.
The Crown’s Claire Foy and Billy Elliot’s Jamie Bell - who star as the mother and father Scott’s Adam - are nominated for best supporting performance.
All of Us Strangers will be released in US cinemas on December 22, followed by a UK release date on January 26.