'Mr. Robot' Creator Details the Sex Scene He Battled to Get on Air

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Sam Esmail

During THR's showrunner roundtable, Sam Esmail revealed how he convinced the USA network to greenlight the "graphic" footage.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail can't believe he got away with airing a "graphic" sex scene on the USA network.

During The Hollywood Reporter's Showrunner Roundtable — which gathered 12 A-list comedy and drama writers for two separate conversations — the 38-year-old admitted that an intimate scene between two men was a battle he chose to fight to get on air.

"We had a sex scene that the network did talk to me about because it was between two men, and it was pretty graphic," Esmail revealed during the spring gathering, which welcomed Julian Fellowes, 66 (Downton Abbey), Nina Jacobson, 50 (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Marti Noxon, 51 (UnREAL, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce), John Ridley, 50 (American Crime) and Melissa Rosenberg, 53 (Jessica Jones) for the Drama Roundtable discussion.

"My argument to them was, 'If this was between a man and a woman, would we be having this conversation?'" he continued, adding, "That was the end of that conversation."

Read the full roundtable discussion here.

More roundtables featuring comedy actresses, comedy and drama actors and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables starting May 16, with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.