If you watch HBO's start-up comedy Silicon Valley, there's probably one scene that's lingered in your mind since the show season three finale in June. You know the part: Pied Piper founder Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) approaches new CEO Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky) at a barn to discuss a business deal, and suddenly, WOW OK, those are two horses having sex. It's hard to forget -- and, apparently, the actors on the show feel the same way!
During yesterday's Silicon Valley panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the show's producers and stars gathered to relive and hopefully heal from the trauma of filming that harrowing sequence. Thankfully IndieWire was on the scene to report the following revelation: though the horse sex was real, Middleditch's reaction was the result of his impressive pretending-to-watch-horses-have-sex acting skills.
Middleditch filmed his part in front of a green screen, so he wasn't actually present for the equestrian love-making. But that doesn't mean he wasn't disturbed. "What I didn’t know [was] the sheer amount of semen that comes out of this horse," the actor told the crowd.
Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh, wasn't in the scene, but it seems to have left some scars. "Gallons of semen..." he uttered at the panel, likely staring off into space and confronting the dark memories he will never fully shake. If you are reading this article and haven't seen the scene, you can watch it below. (Obviously, it's NSFW.)