Thursday, August 4, 2011

Male Nudity in Film

Sadly, American male full-frontals are usually meant to shock or elicit giggles, when Europe seems to just shrug a shoulder? Actors like Ewan McGregor, whose peen appears in, Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, Pillow Book and Young Adam, and Geoffrey Rush (Quills) have yet to balk at showing there bits off casually, however every time an American does it there is either tons of controversy surrounding the act, such as Vincent Gallo in Brown Bunny or Bruce Willis in Color of Night, (and it’s always disappointing) or it’s Jason Segal getting broken up with at his most vulnerable in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

That latter example was a brave display, however the subtext is missed by half because the situation is just too goofy. Both Richard Gere (American Gigolo) and Peter Sarsgaard (Kinsey) appear naked in American studio films with almost French-like casualness, however it’s still rare to see that in more than a handful of films a year. This is just ridiculous considering the amount of full-frontal nudity scenes actresses appear in just to garner attention from studios. As a woman I see no problem with visible bush in my films, I just wish the stigma surrounding male reciprocation wasn’t just so childish.

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