This weekend, everyone’s favourite streaming platform, Netflix, dropped their latest original film titled Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of the hugely anticipated full frontal scene. Hey, we’re not here to judge. We were as curious as you are. You can read our full review of the film here, but right now we want to talk about the nudity, because, well, it’s 2018. And somehow, this is actually still something that we talk about.
It was Chris Pine himself that brought up the double standard that still heavily exists in media. We are so used to seeing female nudity that we barely bat an eye at it anymore. And Pine’s costar, Florence Pugh, bares all in the pair’s sex scene. But despite this, all anyone can talk about is Chris Pine’s penis. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Pine didn’t shy away from the topic.
“Florence shows her entire body in this film and no one is talking about that. People want to talk about my penis as if we’re a bunch of teenagers playing spin the bottle. Is Florence expected to do that because she is a woman and I’m not expected to do that because I’m a man?”
Pine also points out that violence is more accepted in our society than sexuality. You can show a 13 year old a bloody battle scene, but a sex scene? Any kind of nudity? That’s off the table.
Pine isn’t the first male actor to bring up the double standard. While promoting Crimson Peak, Tom Hiddleston admitted that he himself rallied for more male nudity, hoping to, in his words, redress the balance.
“I was happy to do it. We discussed it, that often in these situations the woman is more naked than the man, and we thought we would just redress the balance.”
Even shows that are famous for their sex scenes, such as Game of Thrones, almost always show more female nudity than male. Which is why Chris Pine’s full frontal scene in Outlaw King is such a popular topic of discussion right now, despite the fact that the close-up is maybe 3 seconds long, and it’s not even that close up.
The scene takes place almost three quarters of the way through the film while Pine’s character, Robert the Bruce, bathes in a pond before making plans for battle. It’s casual, almost an afterthought. And though we see him naked earlier in the film during his sex scene with Elizabeth (Florence Pugh), and we do get a good shot of his butt, we see just as much, if not more of Pugh than we do of Pine. Honestly, Pine says it best.
“I think the way our society deals with nudity is so stupid. Whenever people are getting out of bed in a movie, a woman is covering her breasts and a man is covering his junk. That’s not real life! If you’re getting out of bed, just be naked. That’s what people do!”
Preach it, Chris.
Outlaw King Is Currently Streaming On Netflix.