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Love scene with Charlize Theron was a “nightmare” says costar

Getting naked with Charlize Theron was a nightmare says her Young Adult costar Patton Oswalt. Read on to find out why!

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Think any man would love to get naked with Charlize Theron? Think again. Her Young Adult costar Patton Oswalt says the experience was utterly traumatizing.

“Why do I have to be in my underwear next to the most physically perfect person on the planet? Why couldn’t I have been next to John Goodman or Michael Moore in their underwear?” said Oswalt at the premiere of Young Adult on Thursday. “It was a dream that turned into a nightmare.”

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In fact, the only thing Oswalt said he took away from the scene was a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Every time I hear a car backfire, I think I’m getting naked again,” he joked.

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The Jason Reitman-directed film was written by Diablo Cody — she of Juno fame — and features Theron as an emotionally-stunted teen lit writer who returns to her hometown to reclaim her now-happily married high school sweetheart. When things don’t go as planned, she hooks up with Oswalt’s character Matt Freehauf, who has his own high school issues to deal with.

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After being badly beaten as a teen, Freehauf must wear a brace. Oswalt said he prepped with a physical therapist so he could move out of his body and get into the moment with Theron.

“I just wanted less and less to have to think about so I could be more present in the scenes with Charlize,” he told CTV News. “She’s a really instinctual actor and I really didn’t want to be sitting there with eight other thoughts on my head while she’s just rolling with it.”

Young Adult hits theaters Dec. 16.

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