Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz's 'Uncomfortable' Sex Scene
updated 06/23/2011 AT 10:30 AM EDT
•originally published 06/23/2011 AT 07:30 AM EDT
Diaz doesn't disagree, telling PEOPLE about making love to Timberlake (both with their clothes on): "Yes, yes. It was just [an] absurdity, a form of hilarity for all of us involved. We went to work that day and said, 'What time do we start being ridiculous? ... Eight o'clock? Perfect.' "
When it came to persuading Timberlake, 30, and Diaz, 38, to reunite for the movie (it opens Friday), Kasdan said that arm-twisting was necessary "only in the most minimal way. I'd say, 'Cam, what do you think of this?' And she said, 'It's a great idea.' And then we went and said, 'Justin, come do this,' and he said, 'Yeah, let’s go.' "
The two were together from 2003 to 2007. She and Alex Rodriguez are now an item and have been for the past year.
As for getting Diaz and TImberlake to make love in front of the camera, the director said, "I guess the real truth is that they're good friends … They're buddies."
To say nothing of professionals. "They got in there and started doing it," says Kasdan. "And it was so funny, we just couldn't stop shooting it. And we were doing it almost the whole day. And really crying, laughing at the [video] monitors."