Originally Posted by yngjock20
He actually does full frontal? I heard that it wasn't full frontal...but I guess not.
Its been the talk of the press JUNKet (ahem) from what I've gathered from reviews I read today; Segel's nudity is more full and more frontal than has ever been shown in a major American comedy. When he wrote the script he said there was never a doubt in his mind or Judd's that they would film it that way. They considered it essential to make the scene work.
Originally Posted by DRockStar
whats the big problem with full frontal nudity for guys? I never understand why in films people get so upset about it
I agree, I've never understood the aversion to it myself, but then I'm told I have a more-relaxed-than-average attitude about nudity in general. The double standard (vis-a-vis female nudity) has always been pretty ridiculous to me. It's most prevalent in American film-making, especially for major studio releases. The overwhelming majority of studio execs are uptight men, and their argument is "I am uncomfortable with seeing [ACTOR]'s penis, therefore everyone will be uncomfortable with it." Add two parts general puritanical American attitude, one part shyness on the part of many male actors, then bake for 30 years. Garnish with the long-standing assumption that movies with frontal male nudity tank at the box office (but overlook the box office impact of said films being either niche audience appeal and/or shitty, shitty movies).
I find it really refreshing to see an increasingly powerful mainstream filmmaker like Apatow have a strong, progressive opinion about full frontal male nudity.
“Judd has been slowly undressing me on camera for 10 years,” says the soft-spoken, laid-back, very dry Segel during a publicity stop in Boston. “It started on ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ He had me in little Speedo underwear. On ‘Undeclared,’ there was just a towel. In ‘Knocked Up,’ I was naked but covering myself. And now he’s achieved his goal.”