Scarlett Johansson may be one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses right now. She was well-respected since almost the beginning of her career, but it was Johansson’s portrayal of Black Widow in the Marvel movies that really pushed her into superstardom. With all this in mind, it makes sense that Johansson would be selective about the roles she took, which is why it was especially shocking last year when she bared it all in the sci-fi art-house flick Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer.
In the story, Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who drives around in a seedy van, seducing men into her home, where they are then used as a sacrifice of sorts for a strange alien creature. The story is a loose adaptation of Michel Faber’s novel of the same name. The film deals with Johansson’s character coming to terms with her newly-found “humanity,” and the nudity in the film plays an important role in the discovery of that humanity. But the decision for her to go nude wasn’t one that she took lightly, and a recent interview with W Magazine revealed that she had very specific conditions under which she would appear fully nude (via Cinema Blend).
“She was a totally different species, so her nudity was kind of practical. I also had black hair. That was my idea — I didn’t think I should be a blonde sort of bombshell. Naked, but not too sexy.”
The nudity in Under The Skin is definitely played for its rawness. It’s unglamorous and real in its approach, and it is quite refreshing for a Hollywood star like Scarlett Johansson to have to confidence to play the scenes as such. Despite the buzz and attachment of Johansson to the project, however, Under The Skin only managed to bring in $5.3 million on a $13 million budget — though the film still may manage to make back its budget from home release.
But don’t think that Johansson is now going to stick strictly to the art house pictures. She still plans to reprise her role as Black Widow in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War. She is also attached to the Hollywood adaptation of the manga Ghost In The Shell, in which she will play the lead. Needless to say, Scarlett Johansson won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Did you have a chance to check out Under The Skin? Did Johansson’s approach to the nudity help drive home its effectiveness as a piece of cinema? Let us know below!