— -- Sting is not only a singer and songwriter, he's also an occasional actor, having appeared in quite a few movies over the years. But during his appearance this Thursday night on the series Inside the Actors Studio," he ended up having to talk to host James Lipton, not about his craft, but about his sex life.
Specifically, Lipton asked Sting about his infamous quote regarding "tantric sex," in which he said he and his wife Trudie Styler allegedly had eight-hour lovemaking sessions. Sting has since backpedaled, saying the whole thing was a joke, but in an advance clip from the episode, Lipton still insisted he explain to the audience of young people just what he meant.
"If we had seven hours, I would demonstrate," Sting said, to huge laughs and cheers. "Maybe not. But there is some truth to it. The idea of tantric sex is a spiritual act. I don't know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful, I call it, 'sacrament.' I would stand by it. Not seven hours, but the idea."
He then quipped, "Seven hours includes movie and dinner," getting another round of laughs.
Sting's appearance on "Inside the Actors Studio," which airs Thursday night on Bravo, is mostly focused on the opening of his first Broadway musical "The Last Ship." He wrote the music for the show, which is based on his own childhood growing up in a shipbuilding town in the north of England.