Jessica Alba’s CGI ‘Machete’ nude scene: Does it bother you?: Jessica Alba was filmed in her underwear for a scene in “Machete” and the underwear was removed in post-production, leaving her appearing to be nude (but not showing anything too sensitive – click through for a comparison of the before and after images).
The argument is, what does CGI nudity do for film?
[…] You have to wonder how directors will negotiate with actresses now. Is it better business to pay an actress a seven-figure bonus to go topless, or to tell her you’ll use CGI? What I find even more fascinating is an anti-nudity actress that allows herself to be shown naked with the use of CGI. […] She and her family are okay with her appearing nude on-screen because she didn’t actually show her private parts, they were just so realistically rendered that we all assumed she did?
That point is interesting. If you are filmed in your underwear, and in post-production, they remove it and replace it with CGI boobs that look exactly like your boobs, then…were you naked or not?
It’s like those guys that make CGI movies of child porn. Even if the movie is 100% lifelike, is it porn, since the “actors” weren’t real?
Do you think they asked her what her boobs looked like? And if they did, what is the appropriate response? Do you want them to accurately replicate your boobs, or do you want them clearly different so you have some plausible deniability? “Yes, I know you thought you saw me naked, but my boobs really look nothing like that, so I’m still chaste.”
If the boobs look like yours and they’re digitally inserted to make it appear they are yours, then, for all intents are purposes, you’re pretty much naked on-screen.
If later, someone wants to pay you a ton of money to go nude in their movie for real, are you worth less because you faked it before? Are they going to advertise, “Jessica Alba goes nude in our film. No, no – for real this time!”
Then, if someone goes to that movie, and sees Jessica’s real boobs, is that somehow more titillating than the fake ones, even if they look the same?
In the end, I think it boils down to the source of attraction for nudity. Is it the visual of someone’s boobs? Probably not. There are a lot of naked people on the Internet, and I’m willing to bet a lot of them have better-looking boobs than Jessica Alba.
In truth, I think the attraction of nudity is knowing that Jessica Alba let you into her private world by showing you her boobs. Men are really titillated by the vulnerability and acceptance implicit in nudity, and that’s something CGI can’t replicate.