Monday, February 15, 2010

Is There Something Wrong With Getting Naked?

Is There Something Wrong With Getting Naked?

There are different types of naked in film.

There is dirty movie naked, which though technically isn't rated X is nonetheless vulgar and I wouldn't want my child to see me in that.

There is naked in excellent film for the purpose of illustrating that there is a sex act occurring.

There is the type of naked that is required in order to communicate an art piece.

Take Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts played a hooker. One would think that in order to portray a hooker we'd need to see a lot of naked body parts. Not so. There is one TINY shot of her breast in a scene where they are in bed when she realizes she loves him and aside from that it is all left to imaginings.

On the other hand, Charlize Theron in The Devil's Advocate, where she has gone to a church and her husband comes to find her wrapped in a blanket, she drops the blanket and reveals a marred and gnashed body that she insists is the devil's doing. For me, that was very illustrative to the piece and not at all salacious.

The question you have to ask yourself is how does it make you feel? Would you be proud to have your mother or child see it? Are you doing it because it seems that it would get you excited physically or is it really for the art of it?

No serious actor ever did porn, hard or soft before making it as an actor. No one. Not even the infamous Traci Lords actually had a remotely decent acting career and she was supposed to be the poster child for the industry.

Don't do things just to "get a job" or because you think it will lead to something better and compromise your artistic integrity. Do naked if it appeals to you as an artist.

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