Jonathan Rhys Meyers Talks "The Tudors," Sex And Spitzer

08/14/2008 02:26 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jada Yuan NY Mag

Do you feel like the show is over the top with all the steamy sex? Oh, come on. Sex is sex. These people didn't have TVs, they didn't have cars, they didn't have iPods. They had sex. What else do you think they did?
Got drunk? Well, what do you do today? Drink and have sex. You live in New York City. You go out Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. But also remember that in that time, sex was very, very important. Sex changed nations.
Why do you think Henry had so many affairs, knowing the stakes? [Sigh.] Because men are men.
That's it? Can you think of another reason?
Just another instance of wielding his power because he could. You're confusing wielding his power with wielding his dick.

Speaking of the intersection of sex and power and politics, I assume you've heard over there in London about our governor's fall from grace?
Yeah, for having sex! Doesn't that border a little on the puritanical? If I know the story right, he had sex with a $15,000-a-night hooker.

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