Cinema has been intrinsically linked to sex scenes ever since the Motion Picture Association of America's ratings board allowed nudity in R-rated movies. But even some PG movies have allowed breasts and butts to appear on screen, like Airplane! While nudity can sometimes be classy and used for artistic purposes, it's also occasionally used for pure exploitation — even when it's all in good fun. What would campy horror movies be, for example, without naked campers getting their comeuppance? Often it's the up-and-comers who bare it all — in movies and sometimes even TV — in order to break into Hollywood, and once they're established actors, they usually never have to go nude again. But even some A-listers have continued to agree to filming on-screen nudity, even after they've won Oscars or Emmys or headlined blockbuster franchises.
Throughout her time on "Game of Thrones," Emilia Clarke learned how to advocate for herself on set.
Sometimes, the role centers on sex: sex addicts, porn stars, prostitutes. We put together a list of some of the biggest names to get naked for the camera; as long as they are on screen with nothing on. We start with the more subtle shots and the blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments, before getting to the A-listers who were happy to let it all hang out! Warning: Because of the nature of this list, it like the films on it! The entire scene screams sex , from her purring voice, to her openly admitting to enjoying sex, to her oh-so-subtle cigarette. Sharon Stone became infamous for the shot, and this scene has been deconstructed many times in university classroom discussions about female power and the male gaze in film. One of the most famous wangs in the business has to be Mr Wahlberg's, following his particularly impressive… performance in Boogie Nights.
Michael Fassbender trusted his director
When tackling their next career move, even A-list celebrities have a lot to consider in regards to what makes the most sense for their professional trajectory. This could mean taking on a role outside of their comfort zone, choosing to "zig" when film audiences expect them to "zag," and, yes, sometimes deciding whether or not to do a movie that requires them to film in nothing but their birthday suit. Baring it all for the big screen may not seem like a major deal today, when so many folks are living what used to be considered private moments across social media for the world to see, but not everyone is so comfortable getting naked for public consumption. Factor in the idea that a nude scene will be projected onto an enormous movie screen where every inch of one's body can be critiqued, and, well, it's enough to make any actor say, "Thanks, but no thanks.
When Emilia Clarke recently spoke out about being pressured to get naked on the Game of Thrones set, we just felt, well, icky— but her story was also all too familiar. Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, and many other actors have also been pressured to take their clothes off for a role. The MeToo movement has helped unearth many of the ways that powerful figures in Hollywood take advantage of their status and influence. Lo only takes her clothes off on her terms. But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have.