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Paul Verhoeven Not As Sex-Obsessed As You Thought

Director Paul Verhoeven attends the Jury Members Photocall during Day 1 of the 64th Annual Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2007 in Venice, Italy.
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GQ rang up Paul Verhoeven on the occasion of his 1990 film Total Recall being remade, and soon, the conversation turned to sex. That in itself may not be so surprising, since Verhoeven was the director of sex-soaked nineties films like Basic Instinct and Showgirls, but don’t get the wrong idea. “For me, in the United States, the importance of sex is in general too highly acclaimed as something very sacred. In my opinion, having sex with a woman is not much different than having a coffee with a woman,” Verhoeven sniffed to GQ. “Sex should not be seen as more than a trick of evolution to keep the species going. We should not make it into a sacred thing.” Paul Verhoeven’s Starbucks runs are way more fun than yours, you guys.

Paul Verhoeven Not As Sex-Mad As You Thought