Male actors who went completely frontal nude for roles

“I walked onto the set, got nothing, and started that particular monologue.”

Shooting hot and steamy scenes for movies is quite common, but it’s a whole different story when it comes to male actors showing it all in front of the camera.

That’s why when an actor agrees to go full frontal on screen, it makes headlines – but if you ask them about it, a lot of them are pretty casual about the whole thing!

Here’s what these stars had to say about uncovering it all:


Jesse Williams- get me out

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In Jesse Williams’ Broadway debut in get me out, he undressed in front of a live audience. Although he said he was learning to ignore audience reactions and preferred not to know if his family was in the crowd before the show, he didn’t think it was a big deal.

“Everyone makes such a big problem. It’s a body. Once you see it, you realize it’s whatever. I just shouldn’t make it such a big problem,” Jesse shared on Watch What Happens Live.


Chris Pine – Outlaw King

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In 2018 Outlaw KingChris Pine exposes it all in a scene where his character emerges from a lake. Although the nudity only lasts a moment, Chris says he wanted to do it because he thought it was important to his character’s story. Prior to the film’s release, Chris added that he was taken aback by all the headlines about the scene and that he was “ashamed that it actually has to be something to talk about.”

“There’s definitely a double standard because no one would talk about it if it was a woman. I’d say, ‘Why? Because women are expected to do it and men aren’t? Why are not men expected to do it? Why haven’t men done it before? Does it show vulnerability? Does it display this rudimentary, puritan shame about the human body and human intimacy? But we can do violence, self-flagellation and hurting each other – because that’s what we’ve been taught culturally, okay?’ I don’t know. It sure seems like something strange,” Chris told E! News.


Ben Affleck – gone girl

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Ben Affleck went in full frontal nude in the blink of an eye gone girl† Looking back at the scene that made a lot of headlines, Ben says he didn’t even really know viewers would be able to see anything.

“We had a shower scene in the movie. And David [Fincher] assured me, because trust is essential with directors and actors: ‘Listen, if we tilt down, we’ll never go far enough to see anything.’ So thank you, Dave. And I want to thank you for keeping the set cool. Because if you want to give America a chance to see your shit, you want it to be cold. It’s a real gift,” Ben joked at the Hollywood Film Awards.


Ewan McGregor – Multiple Movies

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Ewan McGregor never shyes away from being naked when taking on new roles. In fact, he’s been stripped down in quite a few movies over the years, including: Train spotting and velvet gold mine† He says the whole thing has never been a problem for him and he just does it because it’s part of a role.

“Being naked is something that happens for me at the end of the day, and if you’re lucky, somewhere in the middle too. And I don’t understand why it’s a problem. I don’t take my clothes off in movies because I’m with my body wants to flash. I took off my clothes for movies because I’m an actor,” Ewan told E!


Tom Cruise – All the right moves

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Tom Cruise may have uncovered it all All the right moves, but he wasn’t actually allowed to be naked in the movie. His co-star, Lea Thompson, revealed that when she told him she wasn’t comfortable with her own nude scenes, he helped the directors talk out one of them. In the remaining scene, Tom suggested we undress as well.

“In the second he said, ‘Well, if she has to be naked, I’ll be naked too,’ which is pretty cool! I’ve always been grateful to him for standing up to the producers,” Lea told Indiewire.


Michael Fassbender — Shame

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There is no lack of nudity in the 2012 film Shame† When it came time to make up his mind about taking on the role, Michael said he thought about the double standards of male and female nudity in film — then dedicated the part to his mom!

“It just baffles me: women can parade around naked all the time, but the man has his pants on for convenience. I remember my mom used to complain about that and say, ‘This is such nonsense, it’s always the women who are naked “…so I did this one for you, Mom!'” Michael said in an interview with Vulture.


Jude Law — Dom Hemingway

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Jude Law seemed to have no problem getting naked for his part in Dom Hemingway and finally shot his nude scene on the first day of filming. He says he walked to the set in the buff to gain character.

“We raced through the whole movie and I thought the best way to start was to make sure the crew knew who and what Dom was. So I thought the best way to go was to start with this crazy opening scene , which is incredibly explicit and I’m naked. So I walked up to the set, not wearing anything, and started that particular monologue,” Jude told E!


Kevin Bacon – wild things

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Kevin Bacon has no problem being naked in front of the camera – he just has a problem talking about it. While Kevin didn’t mind undressing for his movie wild thingshe says he gets frustrated when he was always asked about it in interviews.

“My problem with nudity – I made a movie called wild things, it was full frontal nudity. And I had no problem with it because it’s a scene coming out of the shower and it was just that kind of movie. What I did have a problem with was the fact that when I started promoting the movie – and even to this day – that’s all I’m talking about. So it ended up being, I don’t know, a bit boring for me as a topic of conversation,” Kevin told Business Insider.


Jason Segel- Forgot Sarah Marshall

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Just a few minutes left in 2008 Forgot Sarah Marshall, viewers got a full front view of a naked Jason Segel, trying to surprise his on-screen girlfriend with a sexy night at home. Instead, he eventually gets it done, setting the scene for the rest of the movie. Jason actually wrote the scene himself and says he wouldn’t have done so if there wasn’t a creative purpose behind it.

“There was a creative idea behind it; it wasn’t just for the shock value. I wanted it to be the most humiliating breakup of all time. When I was writing it, I thought to myself, ‘The problem with romantic comedies is, “You know what’s going to happen. The guy on the poster is going to end up with the girl on the poster.” But when I open this movie with something you can’t believe you’re seeing, you’re forced to take a different attitude. You don’t know what’s going to happen in this movie,” Jason said in an interview with Vulture.


Richard Gere – American gigolo

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In 1980, Richard Gere became one of the first male actors to appear completely naked in his film American gigolo, which revolved around a male sex worker. According to Richard, he didn’t actually intend to be naked in the film, it just happened naturally.

“If I remember correctly, [the nudity] wasn’t in the script. It was just in the natural process of making the movie. I definitely felt vulnerable, but I think it’s different for men than it is for women,” he told Entertainment Weekly.


James McAvoy- The Last King of Scotland

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James McAvoy has no qualms about getting naked in movies (or on stage). When asked about his stripped-down scene in The Last King of ScotlandJames said he just enjoys being naked.

“Yes, I like to go naked. I like being naked, I like being naked on stage, more than I like being naked on film. Nude on film isn’t much fun, but being naked on stage is really liberating. On stage you have nowhere to hide, you are completely vulnerable. If you’re completely vulnerable, it can’t get any worse, right?” James said.

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