Talking Sexual Friendship at the ‘No Strings’ Premiere

Can sex friends be best friends? That was the big question for the stars Tuesday night when Celebuzz took to the red carpet for the premiere of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s latest film No Strings Attached at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. What we got in response were varying answers from the movie’s illustrious cast and crew that, more than anything, fuel what has apparently become one of the greatest debates of our time.

Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) was the first to take a crack at answering this philosophical quandary. “I think so,” he said. “For a while.”

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Kline answered the question with one of his own – “What’s a sex friend?”

Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), who plays Natalie’s friend, said she was open to possibility of sex friends being best friends. “I think it’s complicated, but it’s worth a shot.” On a less romantic note, she divulged to us that one of the funniest scenes in the movie occurs when (SPOILER) Ashton’s character makes Natalie’s a “period” mix tape that prominently features the U2 classic “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

As for Portman herself, she doesn’t believe in generalizing on the subject, preferring to look at it on a case by case basis. “I think there’s enough different kinds of people in the world that some people could make that work,” she told reporters, adding, “Probably not most.”

But shouldn’t people who have sex always be friends? The man himself, Ashton, said that it was “good” to be friends first but admitted he’s no guru on relationships.

“I think this movie really takes an honest look at how people are connecting … It’s interesting, because it used to be that you went on a date with someone, maybe find out a little bit about their family or a little bit about their friends, maybe what they do for a living. Now, before that date or after that date you become friends on Facebook and all of a sudden you know all their friends. You know what they did last Christmas and what they ate yesterday. Relationships are being accelerated by this stuff. In the same way that relationships are accelerating, I think the sexual part of relationships are accelerated, and that’s sometimes the demise of the relationship.”

When pressed to give the moral, the Kutcher thought long and hard before arriving at: “Don’t be afraid to take a chance.”

Watch the trailer for No Strings Attached below:

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