Chris Messina Gets Naked and Cannonballs Into a Pool in 'Digging for Fire'
The 'Mindy Project' actor strips down for the Joe Swanberg film.
Chris Messina delighted his fans when he danced and stripped as Danny Castellano on The Mindy Project, and he has upped the stakes with his appearance in Digging for Fire: Messina gets completely naked in the Joe Swanberg-directed film. And not just that — he cannonballs into a pool while unclothed.
THR film critic John DeFore reviewed Digging for Fire and said that in one shot Messina sits up from a pool chair and plunges into the pool nude, moving the whole time. He explained that this is part of a long shot with a lot of other actors in the frame, and that the film doesn't treat the scene as a big deal at all. In fact, Messina's part in the movie is very minimal.
In true Swanberg style, the film is full of improvisation, and it was Messina's decision to strip down during the party scene. It's not his first time getting naked in a movie, though. The actor filmed multiple nude scenes for 28 Hotel Rooms.
"Well, I'm all about male nudity, which isn't in movies enough," Swanberg told the audience at the post-screening Q&A at Sundance. "You know, there's a lot of legal s— that goes into having people naked in a movie — there's contracts involved and things like that — so obviously we didn't do that because I didn't know he was going to take his clothes off. So I wrote him afterward, and I was like, 'Well, I think I'm going to use it. What do you think about that?' He said, 'Well, send it to me. I don't want to be just an extra in your movie who got naked.' And I was like, 'All right.' So I sent him a Vimeo link, and he was like, 'I love it! Use the c—!' "
The film, co-written by Swanberg and Jake Johnson, is a marital drama about a young married couple who spend a weekend apart. It stars Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick. There is a mystery element to the film when the husband (played by Johnson) finds a revolver and a bone in the backyard. This was inspired by real-life events and Johnson talks to THR about the inspiration for the film in the video below.
Here's a look at Messina dancing on The Mindy Project, for your viewing pleasure:
The full dance, courtesy of Hulu:
Here's Messina talking about getting naked in 28 Hotel Rooms: