Salma Hayek says she was 'crying' and 'not letting go of her towel' while shooting 'Desperado' sex scene

A guest on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman's podcast " Armchair Expert, " the Mexican-American actress and producer, 54, said she cried the entire time she shot the "Desperado" love scene with her costar Antonio Banderas .

In the Columbia Pictures film, Hayek landed her breakout role as a bookstore owner named Carolina.

When she accepted the part from director Robert Rodriguez, there was no sex scene between her character and El Mariachi (Banderas) in the script, according to Hayek.

Hayek said she agreed to film the scene, which she said they shot on a closed set with only her, Banderas, Rodriguez, and his then-wife, producer Elizabeth Avellán.

Columbia Pictures The Oscar-nominated "Frida" star, who appeared on Mexican soap operas before making a name for herself in Hollywood, said she'd "never done anything like that" before.

When her family members eventually saw the film with Hayek, she said she "escorted" them out of the theater during the sex scene and returned with them after it ended.

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