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See Pics From Last Night's Insanely Hot "American Gods" Gay Sex Scene

NSFW is an understatement.

Last night, Episode Three of Starz's American Gods made good on its promise to show viewers the "most explicit" gay sex scene on television.

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The intense encounter was between the Jinn (Mousa Kraish), an ifrit from the Middle East posing as a New York cab driver, and Salim (Omid Abtahi), a young Muslim man who just moved to the city.

After Salim hails the Jinn's cab, the two go back to Salim's hotel and have sex in a 10-minute scene that included full-frontal shots, sex in the sands of time (don't ask) and "fiery ejaculation," as described by Neil Gaiman, who wrote the American Gods book the series is based on.

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“We felt like for Salim, as a man coming from a country that throws you off the top of buildings if you’re gay, a blow job in an alley is probably his only sexual experience,” Fuller told Vulture. “We felt like the djinn, in this romantic gesture, wanted to give him a more intimate sexual experience. We wanted it to be incredibly visual and gorgeous. We wanted those things not to be lurid, but to be beautiful and captivating and for heterosexuals to watch the love scene between these two men and not go ‘Ew,’ but go, ‘That’s gorgeous.’”

In the original novel by Gaiman, Salim performs oral sex on the Jinn, but Fuller wanted to change it to penetrative sex for television.

"It was important for us in this depiction to have Salim drop to his knees and prepare to achieve sex the way he'd been accustomed to, and the Jinn lifts him off of his knees and kisses him and treats him much more soulfully and spiritually to change his perception of who he is and what his sexual identity has become," Fuller told The Hollywood Reporter. "That felt like it was empowering in a different way, showing a protagonist as the one who is being penetrated. That comes with all sorts of preconceptions of gender roles and what it is to be a gay man at the same time."

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Fuller also had to explain the logistics of gay sex to the actors in the scene and the director (they are all straight).

“I was like, ‘Okay, unless he has a 12-inch, candy-cane cock and can fuck around corners, his dick’s not getting in him,” recalled Fuller after he saw the first cut of the scene. “So you guys need to go back and figure out where holes are.”

The scene was re-shot after Fuller added his critiques and the next attempt is what audiences saw last night.

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"This is a beautiful romantic story between two people who find each other," co-showrunner Michael Green told the audience at a screening of the episode hosted by GLAAD. "I saw it as a story of a god giving a man permission to be himself and to enjoy sex and to be made love to.”

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