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One of the most memorable scenes from the 1990 film Total Recall is that of a three-breasted prostitute flashing her chest to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The scene is so iconic that Len Wiseman, who directed the just-released reboot starring Colin Farrell, decided to keep the three-breasted prostitute in his version.
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But Lycia Naff, who originated the role of a mutant named Mary, said in an interview with Vulture that she was actually “embarrassed” about the part.
“I felt really exposed,” she said. “It didn’t hit me until the first moment where the scene called for me to expose myself, because what came over me was such shame. Which was weird, because they weren’t my breasts, and it was what I had signed up to do.”
Naff, 49, added that she started to cry during filming.
“If you look closely at those scenes when I’m opening my blouse, I’m smiling, but not in my eyes,” she said. “It was probably good for the character and gave her an extra layer, but that was completely unplanned. I was just feeling really emotional and trying to hide it. I was embarrassed, and I was embarrassed for feeling embarrassed. I couldn’t get over that feeling that opening up my blouse felt so real.”
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Naff, whose credits also include Star Trek: The Next Generation and Baywatch, also revealed that director Paul Verhoeven originally wanted to give her four breasts.
“But the feedback was that I looked too bovine, like a cow ready to be milked, and that wasn’t sexy,” she said.
Of her co-star Schwarzenegger, Naff said she didn’t have much interaction with him.
“He didn’t pay any attention to me,” she said. “He was listening to Paul Verhoeven, like he was a baby bird waiting for food from the mama bird. He was just standing at the bar, waiting for direction, like an automaton, in between every single take. So he didn’t give me any bother. I was just another day player, just there to move his story line forward.”
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She also said she was a little taken aback by his eyes.
“I remember … thinking his pupils were so small, so I was like, ‘He looks scary to me,'” Naff said. “So he creeped me out a bit, but he was very professional, and he didn’t flirt and he didn’t try to touch the breasts.”
Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Leeb, who plays the three-breasted prostitute in the Recall reboot, actually has been milking the part, appearing at Comic-Con in a costume complete with — you guessed it — three breasts that appeared so lifelike she had to publicly announce that they weren’t real.
As for the crazy fans, Naff says she’s happy to pass on the torch to Leeb.
“She’s had to carry on with all the horny sci-fi fanboys!” said Naff, who is attending a Star Trek convention next weekend. “They’re hers now!”
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