HC ( 98/100)
I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE AN EVALUATION ON CHRIS AND DARREN’S BONERS CAUSED BY EACH OTHER (I know you’ll have fun with this one) ;)
When I first read this I thought I don’t know if I can do that and - then I decided - What the hell!
I think the chemistry and interest between Chris and Darren was mutual and immediate.
so there are examples of that you speak from the very first episode that Darren made an appearance. (there’s’ a pun in there if you think about it)
TEENAGE DREAM (Season Two - “Never Been Kissed”)
The final moments of the song when the close up happens on Darren/Blaine - Darren’s eyes are dilated and he is” happy” that Chris is there.
Chris and Darren just spent an entire song flirting with each other - this was after they had spent an evening out at dinner and a concert AFTER spending a day filming on set.
So yes, it was all set in motion from the start - and the attraction and tell tell physical signs of such were already showing.
Although not entirely your challenge (mostly because the visuals are blocked by the table - call it convenient staging if you will ; ) the first Kiss (Season 2, “original song”)
Watch Chris’ pupils - they were dilating throughout the scene. Very visible at the 1.10 mark (right after the “you move me kurt” line).
Keep in mind that this scene was filmed in segments - several times from different angles - when the camera was just focused on Chris with Darren’s profile only - his eyes were so responsive to Darren.
These are not reactions they can control - and neither is the reaction below the table and masked by Jackets -
Ah - the warbler Jackets - they were so thankful for those!
The Dublin Kiss - Chris was wishing he had a jacket - But Darren’s didn’t do much to hide his either
(someone else made these a long time ago - and a dear friend helped me to locate them today - so credit to the maker?!)
That kiss may have been short - but it was intense - and it meant something to both of them!!
Moving onto Season Three -
Season three was like their honeymoon season - they were still largely un-noticed and unhindered by all the crap that surrounds them now - they were VERY open and willing through their characters to explore this relationship.
as a whole you should notice ONE major trend in filming
most personal scenes between their now IN LOVE characters (which is exemplified by the very much IN LOVE actors) are shot from the waist up.
The discussions have been many regarding the reactions Chris and Darren have to one another that they CANNOT control.
Rather than the directors fight that - they use it to their advantage - the fearless way Chris and Darren approach scenes together is to let every barrier down.
So the camera frame staying tighter to them allows that “chemistry” that everyone feels ooze through. so the tighter angles allow for more feeling without the visuals that could potentially distract
If you don’t think it was a great coincidence that the anges stayed tight after these scenes - you are kind of kidding yourself
Even the scene from the first time - the long shot
which was a stunning profile - was shot first - and even then with plenty of distractors (bent legs, arms) - it was very staged
but as the scene progressed shooting - and the guys “really went for it”
The scene transformed from staged to intimate - and the angles got tight.
the director wisely allowed the moment to take a life of it’s own and stayed with the intimacy of it rather than selling the sex.
Frankly for Chris and Darren - they let the fact that they were being filmed go - and had the longest aching foreplay a couple could engage in.
I know I read that Ryan’s “no sex in the trailers” rule was NOT observed by a certain duo after this filming was complete.
We didn’t get much between Chris and Darren for season four (don’t get me going - cause yes, still bitter)
but to say they made the ABSOLUTE MOST OUT OF WHAT THEY DID GET - would be an understatement.
again not mine - but good one! :)
Whether they actually had them when they got out of the car - is debatable.
The scene was shot in different segments and there could very well have been a break in filming that “things” could have been resolved (again the rumors)
But with all the moans, groping and grinding in the scene - very likely present at one point or another.
The all of 2 seconds of Dancing that was shown - does not equate to the time they actually spent dancing this way. They were so melded into one another’s space and flowing smoothing without any air between them
This was a moment shared - not merely spent
I can’t explain season five - even when I break it down - but it is what it is - they go for it just like they always have and enjoy the playground of filming together
They tried to mask Chris here - but it’s really not possible with him flat on his back
And Jesus - I get tingles watching this- You can see the moment Chris’ prostate took notice of Darren’s ministrations - hey are both like puddy to each other
Thanks for the challenge hon!
hope you enjoyed!