Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal have been everywhere lately promoting their new movie, Love and Other Drugs. However, what is getting more buzz than the dramatic romance is the many scenes that this power couple shot in the buff. I dare you to try to find an interview where they don't ask about the sex scenes- and namely Anne's decision to go nude and what her boundaries were during filming.
In my soon-to-be released book, Bitch Please! How Nice Girls Can Succeed in a Bitch's World, I use Anne Hathaway as an example of how a nice girl can get ahead in Hollywood without having to resort to posing nude in Playboy or having a sex tape emerge from her past.
So in light of her new movie, Love and Other Drugs, the question begs to be asked. Can a nice girl do nudity tastefully? Or should her nice girl crown be revoked?
Well, first of all- Anne told NPR in a recent interview that all of the scenes were first screened by her and Jake before they made the big screen. According to their contract there were no nudity clauses just a disclaimer that gave them the power to edit and approve the way the scenes were shot and shown.
So we can assume that Anne cared about how she was portrayed in this film, and even said, ""I cut probably a total of about 5 seconds out of the nude scenes. Maybe it was just me being sensitive, but for whatever reason, I thought the camera lingered a little bit, and Ed had no problems just taking them out."
Sometimes when it comes to art, I think a nice girl has to take into consideration believability and comfortableness. It seems to me that Hathaway put thought and consideration into shooting these scenes.
Now, would I do it? No. But then again I don't think that I have the same stresses and opportunities as Anne Hathaway.
If Edward Zwick, Love and Other Drugs producer best known for Legends of the Fall called me up and asked if I wanted to shoot a big budget film with him about a woman who has early on-set Parkinson's disease opposite of Jake Gyllenhaal for half a million dollars- but the only hitch was I had to flash my breasts, I am not going to say I wouldn't entertain the idea. It is so easy to judge others, especially when they live a life so different from yours.
Also, let's keep in mind that Hathaway is acting. While it can be gray area, because those of us who don't act for a living don't understand how you can shoot a fake sex scene with someone and not be "cheating" or "easy", it really is a different world. Every "sex scene" is staged- with an entire cast and crew of folks- upwards of 50 people can be on a set at a time. Not too romantic.
However, nudity and sex acts in Playboy, Penthouse, Porno or online is not fake.
My feeling is this: doing nudity in a film as opposed to posing naked in a porn magazine are two different types of exposure in my book. One is gratuitous and the other can be warranted.
But don't take my word for it- go see the move and decide for yourself, however I firmly stand by my belief that Hathaway is and will continue to be a "nice girl" in real life.
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