And the future of of movie nudity has arrived. Remember that Jessica Alba shower scene in Robert Rodriguez's Machete? She was naked... right? Wrong. It may have looked like she didn't have any clothes on, but you may be surprised to learn that she wasn't naked at all. The whole nakedness part of that scene was added in post-production.
According to a recent report Alba was wearing tight white underwear on the set. That underwear was then digitally removed, making the actress look as if she was totally naked in the shower. I guess this isn't really surprising, after all Alba has said that she would never go naked in front of a camera saying, ‘No, I’ll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can’t go naked.’
But the thing is... what we all saw in theaters was a naked Jessica Alba. Digitally altered or not, that looked like the real thing. This is an interesting little discussion we can get into. Here is a side by side comparison that may be NSFW.
Everyone has their own views of nudity in film, no matter what your age, sex, race, or religion is. I can respect any and all opinons. Some people are offended by it, others enjoy it, some just don't care. Some may see it as being pertinent to the films story, showing a characters vulnerability. Others might see it as a pointless effort to just please male audiences.
Nudity has also been used in film in non-sexual way's as well. Look at films like Schindler's List showing us the horrors of war, A Clockwork Orange giving us a sense of reality and horror, or Eastern Promises and that brutal shower fight scene. Those are just a few of several different examples in which nudity is used in film to help tell the story.
No matter what, there is always going to be nudity in film, real and CGI. This was a personal decision that Jessica Alba made, and there's no point for anyone to cry over it.
My question to you is, do you think CGI nudity can take away from the subject matter or the actor? Especially in these more serious type roles? Should an actor have to act in nakedness? Or is it ok for them to throw the nakedness part in later? Does it even matter to you. You probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyway.
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