IS CGI The Future Of On-Screen Nudity?

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Actors Jessica Alba (C), Danny Trejo (L) and director Robert Rodriguez pose during the Machete red carpet at the 67th Venice Film Festival September 1, 2010.

Actors and actresses may not opt to ‘take it all off’ when technology will do the job for them.

Jessica Alba’s latest film Machete features a scene with the actress in the shower. She’s presumably nude, as we can see the sides of her body – except for one thing: She wasn’t. While filming, Alba was in her underwear, which was later digitally removed. In February, the 29-year-old actress told Scarlet magazine that Catholic upbringing keeps her from baring it all on film. “No, I’ll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can’t go naked.” And though her character in Machete, Robert Rodriguez’s arthouse ‘Mexploitation’ action film, was seen in the buff, Alba wasn’t.

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Nor were some of her co-stars. Actress Lindsay Lohan used a double body for her nude scenes in the film, and though it can be tough to imagine a lot of modesty in Hollywood, the use of doubles is a wide practice for actors or actresses uncomfortable with baring it all. Famous double Shelley Michelle, who stood in for Julia Roberts during Pretty Woman, now runs her own agency, Body Doubles and Parts Inc, which has a crop of more than 1,000 models ready to take it all off on-screen for famous, camera shy counterparts. But with Machete’s recent dip into the graphically inhanced side of on-screen nudity, it’s not hard to imagine a future full of computerized flesh – and the dawn of the even more perfect celebrity body.
(via Gizmodo via The Daily Mail)