Today I was reading an article from Yahoo UK about why Jamie Dornan has to go full frontal nude for Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie, one of the reasons was gender equality.
I think it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing the lady parts of Dakota Johnson: breasts, butt and some shots near her “sex,” and possibly a full frontal naked. I do not believe we will be seeing lots of raunchy close-ups of sex. Incidentally, I did review the MPAA guidelines and here is what Wikipedia has on their site regarding nudity and sex (and if it’s on Wikipedia it must be true):
As of 2010, the MPAA has added a descriptor of “male nudity” to films featuring said content. A brief scene of nudity will require a PG rating. More than a brief nudity will require a PG-13 rating. Sexually oriented (full frontal) nudity will require an R rating. An explicit or violent sex scene, including scenes of rape or sexual assault, will require an NC-17 rating.
I will focus on the R version, as an NC-17 version isn’t guaranteed, even though it’s been mentioned and is an option on the table. But if and when the NC-17 version is released, it’s not going to be a porn film. I think you will just get a grittier version of a few scenes – I’ll go with a “soft porn” label. Back to the R version where we can have sexually oriented (full frontal) nudity.
Jamie Dornan.. Well Christian isn’t as naked in Fifty Shades of Grey as non-readers would be lead to believe. He wears his jeans in the Playroom, pajama pants when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Sure, he sleeps in bed naked, but that’s not the “raunchy” they mean when they talk about Fifty Shades of Grey. I would not be surprised if we did get a full frontal of Jamie, after all Ana does like to watch him from bed when he gets ready for work. I think that is more likely the case than a raunchy sex scene will full frontal nudity. But then, I’m more of a book-worm than a movie person.
But the question I got to thinking about isn’t just if they’ll do a full frontal of Jamie/Christian, but why they’ll do it. Obviously if they’re doing a scene in the Red Room of Pain, we’ll be seeing quite a bit of Dakota/Ana, but the opportunities there aren’t as clear-cut. We’re not going to see a close up of them having sex and Christian is wearing jeans for a good portion of those scenes. So the necessity of seeing a full frontal of Jamie isn’t as high as it is for Dakota, who is strapped up naked.
BUT, if we look at this film who are they making it for? In one sense it will be a romance movie, which as much as they try to make them “date night” movies, they really are geared towards woman. And the Fifty Shades of Grey crowd isn’t exactly a bunch of prudes who would be shocked and horrified by a naked man. That’s one selling point for the full frontal.
But more interesting is to explore the culture of Team50. The writer and director for the movie are woman. I’m not going to bother guessing how many writer/director teams are in Hollywood, but I know it’s very rare. And we know that some pretty high-end male writers and producers were interested in the film. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons that Kelly Marcel and Sam Taylor-Johnson were chosen for this film, not to mention their actual skills in their fields. I always got the feeling from Erika that she was a champion of woman and wanted to bring woman into this project. Perhaps because she wanted to give opportunities to woman that are normally given to men, or maybe because she felt they would have a better understanding of the story. I believe there is a pro-woman culture within Team50 and woman do sometimes see things differently from men.
Either way, with a couple of woman on Team50, it may have changed the conversation from:
“Jamie, we’re going to have to show you naked because that’s what the fans want.”
“Jamie, Dakota has to go all nude, it’s only fair that you do too!”
What do you think of the culture on Team50, and do you think it will impact the decision of how much nudity to show in the film?