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Actors Who Went Totally Naked For A Role

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In the realm of film and television, the presence of nudity can vary. There are instances where it is a discretionary choice, while other times it is necessitated by the demands of the script, leaving actors with the decision to navigate the “to do or not to do” dilemma.

Over the years, there has been a noticeable shift in the acceptance of on-screen nudity where actors go totally naked for movie roles. It has been said that upon closer examination, it is evident that nudity can serve as an extraordinary tool for storytelling, provided that these scenes are approached with consent and in a secure environment.

Here, we present a curated selection of Hollywood actors who fearlessly embraced nudity in specific films, and have gone totally naked for movie roles.

  1. Margot Robbie- Wolf of Wall Street.

Nollywood actor Margot Robbie achieved mainstream fame through her role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the highly acclaimed 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese.

This Oscar-winning movie depicted the captivating true story of Jordan Belfort (portrayed by DiCaprio) and his unscrupulous ascent in the world of Wall Street through stock market manipulation. Within the film’s narrative, DiCaprio’s character marries Robbie’s character, Naomi Lapaglia, who serves as his second wife, adding an intriguing dynamic to the plot.

Picture of a scene from the movie The Wolf of WallStreet.

Notably, Robbie’s introduction in the film remains etched in viewers’ memories. In a remarkable scene, she captivatingly unveils herself by sensually parting the sliding doors totally naked, revealing her presence to DiCaprio, adorned solely in stockings and high heels. It was a moment that exuded both allure and vulnerability.

Interestingly, behind the scenes, director Martin Scorsese aimed to tone down the impact of this iconic moment. However, Robbie staunchly advocated for retaining the full-frontal nude scenes, refusing to compromise their significance and impact on the story. Her commitment to portraying her character authentically added an extra layer of depth and realism to the film’s portrayal of Naomi Lapaglia.

The actress revealed in 2014 “I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful. If they’ve put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that’s disgusting. And you can always tell. But I also think it’s disgusting when someone would have got naked in real life, in the film they conveniently leave their bra on, or hold up the bed sheet.” (Via The Telegraph).

This particular scene has solidified the blonde bombshell’s reputation and has become synonymous with her on-screen persona. It served as a pivotal moment that propelled her into a plethora of remarkable roles within the realm of Hollywood. As a result, she has been consistently recognized and sought after for her undeniable talent and captivating presence.

  1. Elizabeth Olsen- Oldboy.

Elizabeth Olsen is another actress who has bared it all for the cameras and has gone totally naked in movie roles.

In recent years, Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, has experienced a rapid ascent to stardom. Setting herself apart from her sisters, she has carved a unique path for herself by fearlessly taking on sexually explicit roles that showcase her versatility as an actress.

This bold and daring choice has undoubtedly contributed to her growing recognition and solidified her individuality within the entertainment industry.

In an interview with New York Daily News in 2013, She said “ I truly believe in the films I have chosen to be in. It helps tell a more grotesque story. There is nothing gratuitous about it and it creates the opposite of pleasure. I find it empowering”.

Picture of a scene from the movie Oldboy.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actress says she’s been comfortable with nudity since her theater days. She said “I’ve been doing it since day one of this career. Even when I was understudying, if I had to go on, I was going to be naked onstage. If it makes sense to tell the story—it’s not about my comfort, it’s about being able to tell the story the way it should be. My body is a tool in that storytelling”.

Elizabeth Olsen has fearlessly embraced nudity in several movie roles, such as Martha Marcy ,May Marlene and Oldboy,among others. According to the actress herself, she perceives her body as a valuable instrument within her repertoire, aiding her in the process of character development.

By utilizing this aspect of her craft, Olsen skillfully enhances her performances and brings a profound authenticity to the roles she portrays.

  1. Christian Bale- American Psycho.

When it comes to utilizing nudity as a means to unsettle and captivate viewers, few actors can accomplish it quite like Christian Bale. In the 2000 film directed by Mary Harron, Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman truly embodies the essence of a psychopath.

As a narcissistic character fixated on his own physique, Bateman’s on-screen nudity becomes an integral part of the story. However, the most impactful instance occurs during a harrowing sex scene with a prostitute, where Bale fearlessly embraces his nakedness, employing it as a tool to boost his ego.

This deeply disturbing encounter concludes tragically, as Bateman’s actions take a sinister turn, resulting in the horrifying act of murder committed with a chainsaw.

Picture of  a scene from the movie American Psycho.

During his portrayal of Patrick Bateman, Bale’s commitment to his physicality resulted in him embodying a seemingly flawless human specimen. This level of perfection provides insight into his demeanor while filming the intense chainsaw chase sequence, as he evidently displayed remarkable comfort striding around the set totally naked, save for a pair of sneakers and a strategically placed sock.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence- Red Sparow.

During the recent New York premiere of the highly anticipated spy thriller Red Sparrow, Jennifer Lawrence revealed that the nude scenes in the film empowered her in profound ways.

The accomplished actress explained how taking on the demanding movie role of being totally naked numerous times not only allowed her to conquer personal insecurities but also helped her triumph over the lingering effects of the 2014 photo hack incident.

Lawrence’s nude portrayal in Red Sparrow served as a transformative experience, enabling her to embrace her vulnerabilities and emerge stronger and more confident than ever before.

The insecurity and fear of being judged for getting nude, what I went through, should that dictate decisions I make for the rest of my life? This movie changed that and I didn’t even realize how important changing that mentality was until it was done,” she said at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. “

But I also really challenged myself in ways that I never really had before. The foreign accent. The dancing. It was really taking on a very different leaf.”

Picture of a scene from the movie Red Sparrow.

Jennifer Lawrence shared that she approached the challenging and intense nature of the violent and sexually charged film with mental readiness.

She revealed that director Francis Lawrence had thoughtfully prepared her by forewarning about the demanding scenes, ensuring she had ample time to emotionally and mentally prepare for the naked scenes.

This pre-emptive communication from the director provided Lawrence with the necessary support and guidance, allowing her to navigate the nude scenes with a sense of readiness and professionalism.

“We talked about it extensively, which was really important for showing up on the day and there being no surprises,” Jennifer Lawrence said.

“I knew exactly what was going on and also there was one moment he came out to give me a note and just looked at me like I had clothes, and then I just felt like I had clothes on. I was surrounded by professionals and everybody was completely professional.”

  1. Natalie Portman- Hotel Chevalier.

Natalie Portman, known for her bold and fearless performances, showcased her willingness to bare it all in the film Hotel Chevalier.

The movie revolves around a young couple, portrayed by Portman and Schwartzman, who reunite for a potentially final intimate encounter. This marked Portman’s first on-screen nude love scene, and it served as a captivating centerpiece within the narrative.

Picture of a scene from the movie Hotel Chevelier.

In this poignant two-person scene, Schwartzman’s character exudes an air of peculiarity, restlessness, and melancholy, while Portman captivates with her enigmatic, graceful, and sorrowful presence.

Then, when Portman is seen completely naked, leaning against a dresser in a deliberate and artful pose, her bony elbows tactfully shield what little remains of her modesty. The scene stands as a testament to Portman’s commitment to her craft and her ability to evoke profound emotions through her impeccable portrayal.

In an interview about her nude role, she said “I’m really not prudish about doing nudity,’ she continues. ‘I think it’s beautiful in films, and sex is such a big part of life, and nudity is obviously our natural state“.

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