Actor Lukas Gage on the ‘jarring’ moment he was rimmed on HBO’s The White Lotus

The White Lotus actor Lukas Gage has opened up about the rimjob cliffhanger that sent the internet into overdrive. Warning: spoilers ahead.

Gage, who plays hotel staffer Dillon on the HBO drama-comedy, spoke to the The AV Club about the filmmaking process behind the final minutes of the show’s fourth episode, “Recentering”.

For those who haven’t watched it, the scene sees resort manager Armond (Murray Bartlett) caught with his face deep between Dillon’s cheeks.

As you might expect, when the episode dropped on Sunday the internet had a field day – and Gage couldn’t be happier with the reaction.

“I can’t wait for my ass to get retweeted all over the Internet,” he said.

Dropping episode 4 of #whitelotus at the end of Demon Twink week was genius programming.

— m a r k J m a r r a c c i n i (@marramark) August 2, 2021

I just saw Murray Bartlett eating Lukas Gage’s ass on The White Lotus and it added 7 years to my lifespan.

— Daddy Destroyer (@LakeshoreTwink) August 2, 2021

Omg the ass eating scene in white lotus was perfect. Ass eating in public is going mainstream.

— Cameron Hughes (@cameronhughest) August 2, 2021

thank you to the white lotus for representing the ass eating community on tv

— thlaymanny (@thlaymanny) August 2, 2021

Big congrats to @lukasgage for going from having his ass beaten up in one HBO show to having his ass eaten up in a different HBO show.

— Arya Davachi (@dramafriend) August 2, 2021

It wasn’t a matter of IF the White Lotus was going to feature ass eating it was WHEN

— Like DeWine (@BrendanOde) August 2, 2021

the ass eating scene from the white lotus ep 4 already has a chokehold on me……….

— diego (@folkcavill) August 2, 2021

Armand getting caught eating ass #whitelotus

— indomitable (@LocalBLCKHottie) August 3, 2021

Gage told The AV Club that in the first draft of the scene Dillon and Armond were caught having full penetrative sex, but that he and his his co-star Murray Bartlett thought they could find a more creative way to expose their characters’ tryst.

Together they pitched the rimming element instead – and White was fully on board.

“We said, ‘Wouldn’t it be more interesting if [Dillon’s] getting his salad tossed? I mean, how often do we see that on TV?’ I think it’s much more interesting and more jarring to walk in on.”

Gage credited the incredible shot to series creator Mike White, a “brilliant writer” who has a “natural defiance in almost everything that he does”.

“There’s a sense of burning down the system in his writing,” Gage said, “and I love that, in this moment, Armond kind of just says, ‘f**k it all!’”

The scene was filmed with an intimacy coordinator on set, and Gage had nothing but positive things to say about the experience and Bartlett as a scene partner, calling him “one of the most talented, sweetest, kindest humans and actors in the world”.