It's a well-established fact that Charlotte Gainsbourg and Nicole Kidman have no problem stripping down on screen. But these Mr. Skin Nudity Hall-of-Famers are taking things to the next level with their new movie Nymphomaniac.
Directed by Danish arthouse star and famous crazy person Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac purports to document " the erotic life of woman through the age of fifty." Von Trier claims that the sex in the film will be real because "I can’t make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman from zero to 50 without showing penetration." No arguments here, Lars!
Von Trier has produced hardcore porn like Constance (1998) in the past, so his statements aren't much of a surprise. But to get big name Hollywood stars involved in real sex scenes? That's nudes--uh, news-- to us.
Gainsbourg's co-star Shia LaBeouf (who seems to be in something of a wild phase lately what with getting naked in a music video and comparing Transformers to a finger up his ass and all) broke the news in an interview with MTV:
"[Nymphomaniac] is what you think it is," LaBeouf said. "There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says, we’re doing [the sex] for real. And anything that is ‘illegal’ will be shot in blurred images. But other than that, everything is happening. [I'll do] whatever's asked. I think all of us are."
We're going to resist the urge to make a LeBeouf joke right now and just let you know that you can see Nicole Kidman and Charlotte Gainsbourg spectacularly nude in Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Amoureuse (1992) and more right here at MrSkin.com!
...Or at least she plays one in the movies! Variety is reporting that Charlotte Gainsbourg has just been confirmed for the lead role in Lars von Trier's next project, Nymphomaniac.
The project is still in its earliest stages, so details are slim, but Indiewire reports that the movie will be divided into eight chapters, each showing episodes in "the erotic life of woman through the age of fifty," and will be filmed in both softcore (for mainstream distribution) and hardcore (presumably for DVD) versions.
Von Trier has produced porno in the past (1998's Constance), and some of his flicks (namely The Idiots, 1998) have featured hardcore sex, and he shows no signs of taking it easy on this one. As he told EW:
“As a cultural radical I can’t make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman from zero to 50 without showing penetration. I know it’s something very European.”
Talk about an understatement! For her part, Charlotte has gone fully nude on screen before (like in von Trier's Antichrist, 2009- above), and she hasn't said whether she'll go hardcore for Nymphomaniac. But even if she uses a body double for the XXX scenes, we're pretty much guaranteed Gainsbourg: A Heroic Snatch in this one.
Brush up on your Euro-smut- uh, we mean, cinema du arte- with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mr. Skin's Guide to Lars von Trier, right here at MrSkin.com!
Ok, so a Lars von Trier movie is hardly a light-hearted romp full of belly laughs and feel-good moments. But the Danish director has done a few things to make nudity fans smile- he pioneered the use of unsimulated sex in arthouse movies with The Idiots (1998), his production company Zentropia was the first to produce both mainstream films and hardcore porn, and he's gotten Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emily Watson, and Charlotte Gainsbourg to get nude on film.
So to celebrate the long-awaited theatrical debut of Melancholia (2011), join Skin Central as we fast-forward to the good parts of this arthouse auteur's oeuvre (try saying that three times fast)...after the jump!
Usually it's their mutual director pal Lars Von Trier publicly putting his foot in this mouth, but in a recent interview Melancholia star Kirsten Dunst had a bit of a Von Diss for her fellow Von Leading Lady, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Explaining her motivations for taking the Melancholia role, Kirsten referenced Von Trier's earlier flick, Antichrist, where Charlotte does some pretty shocking things involving rusty scissors and her own genitals:
“That kind of film is harder for someone like me to get away with. I’m more in the public eye than Charlotte,” Dunst told The Guardian UK. “It’s something about Charlotte’s body, too. You couldn’t have someone like me, with big breasts, in that film. Charlotte’s thin and her breasts are small and that’s easier to watch somehow. For someone like me to do that film – it would almost be ridiculously shocking.”
Ladies, ladies, let's be fair. Big boobs, small boobs, as long as we've got boobs, it's all good. Now put those scissors down!
See what all the fuss is about with Charlotte Gainsbourg nude in Antichrist (2009)- if you dare!
Danish director Lars von Trier is known for being an, ahem, rather unpleasant man- he refuses to fly, he psychologically tortures his leading ladies (Nicole Kidman famously once asked him why he hates women), and recently he was banned from the Cannes Film Festival for saying he "understood" Hitler. But you gotta give the man one thing- he finally got Kirsten Dunst to bare her Kirsten cunst.
We reported earlier this year that Dunst makes her full-frontal debut in Von Trier's latest gloom-and-doom masterpiece, Melancholia- you can even catch a faraway glimpse of her totally nude and lying on a rock in the film's trailer (seen at left). In advance of Melancholia's stateside debut, Kirsten was interviewed by Elle magazine about her experiences filming the movie. Snatchurally, the subject of nudes came up:
One of the surprises about Melancholia is Kirsten's curvaceous body. She is naked in several scenes and as Von Trier refuses any form of retouching or airbrushing, surely it caused some anxiety?
'I trusted everyone and the lighting was beautiful. I didn't work out beforehand, it was all very natural. I don't have any real body issues. I never really overeat, I shed weight in the summer, put it on in the winter and yes, I do have big boobs. People don't realize because I cover up a lot, but they are there. Big boobs.'
Oh, we've realized for years, Kirsten- ever since that skintillating nip slip of yours in Crazy/Beautiful (2001).
In other Von Trier nudes, the director has just announced his next project, the titillatingly titled Nymphomaniac. The movie will depict "the sexual evolution of a woman from birth to age 50", and the always-tactful Dane has already confirmed that “As a cultural radical I can’t make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman from zero to 50 without showing penetration.”
Oh, Lars. You're a kook, but you're our kind of kook.
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