We’ve see breasts and buttocks and even vaginas in the movies for some time now. Until recently the penis has been taboo. Who knows why. Movies meant for adult audiences should have a mature attitude toward the human body, both male and female. Perhaps we’re worried about the sensibilities of young teenage girls. Seeing a penis could very well ruin them for life. We certainly don’t want them to see what their male counterparts look like until they absolutely have to, when in reality most of these young girls are checking out male bodies online, this site for one. Or maybe we’re worried about homophobic men. Seeing a penis on the screen might anger him or turn him gay, or it might force him to tell his date that he’s disgusted, just to make sure she knows he isn’t queer.
The times they are a changin’. Penises have made their debut, and though they still tend to shock the moral and self-righteous, there are certainly times a penis on screen is appropriate and natural. Say for example when a guy gets out of bed to get dressed, or during a passionate love scene, or simply coming out of the shower to answer the phone.
Jason Biggs, in his new movie American Reunion, has happily joined the stars on screen that are getting naked in the movies when the scene calls for it. Jason discusses his roll in the following article by Jennifer Still on Digital Spy dot com.
The American Reunion star, whose character Jim appears fully nude in the new comedy, said that he felt it was important to appear in the scene himself rather than using a stand-in.
“That was me. That was all me. It’s funny, I guess I understand because there’s all kinds of movie magic, but we made sure that there’s a close up shot – and then we go to a wide shot. So that my face is in it with the penis,” Biggs explained in an interview with The Huffington Post.
“You see a full shot so that it’s clear, or more obvious, that it’s my penis. I remember in early cuts I kept telling the directors, ‘I have one note. You have to hold on to that shot longer so that people will know that’s my penis. Otherwise, what’s the point of me doing this?’ The plain truth is, that’s my penis.”
Biggs also discussed the fact that audiences may soon become desensitized to male nudity and will stop finding it funny.
“You know, between There’s Something About Mary and then Jason Segel – and, apparently, he’s doing it again; he just loves flumping his [penis], apparently – and now me and Michael Fassbender last year, yeah, I don’t know. Pretty soon people will become desensitized to it. But I’m glad I’m catching it on the early side, so people still have a little bit of shock,” he joked.
“The other thing is, even if people were like, ‘Eh, penis, whatever’, I think they’d still be shocked because it’s Jim’s penis. There’s something about doing it with a character that people have sort of come to know and love over the years. And they’ve come so close – his penis has gotten lots of play over the years – but they’ve never actually seen it.”
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