For hundreds of years, acting was just talking heads and the occasional sword-fight. Anything more – and you had to INFER what was happening. But today, we can sit in a darkened room and watch someone land an aeroplane on the roof of a speeding lorry. Acting has come a long way.
And today, actors are prepared to gain weight, grow beards, shave their heads – anything short of lose an arm – all in the spirit of realism. And many are happy to STRIP, if the role calls for it (some INSIST on it, even when it DOESN’T). But this is where things go awry.
Let’s take Nic Cage. He plays a character called Walter Wallcarpeting…
Walter slaps his lady. We are ANGRY with Walter.
Walter’s lady leaves him. We figure it serves Walter right.
Walter cries, howls and chews the furniture. We begin to feel sorry for Walter.
Walter’s lady returns. Walter pours out his heart to her and promises never to do it again. His lady takes off her dress. Walter removes his shirt. His lady slips out of her shoes. Walter takes off… HEY! NIC’S GOT HIS KIT OFF!!!
You see? Tragically, for most people, nudity is OUTSIDE THE BOX. We can watch Nic get shot, punched, drunk, drowned – even killed – and still believe these things are happening to the CHARACTER he is playing.
But when we see his little botty – it’s HIM!