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Kevin Bacon launched a “Free the Bacon” campaign this week, requesting that Hollywood give the viewers more gratuitous male nude scenes in movies and television. He specifically called out Game of Thrones for not having a sufficient female to male nudity ratio.
Bacon is in good company. Anna Kendrick, Natalie Dormer and other actors would like to see more male nudity on the show.
“You’ve got three sex scenes an episode,” Bacon said of the show. “How hard would it be to just show one or two weiners every couple of minutes? This is an issue of gender equality.”
Here’s what actors have to say about male nudity on Game of Thrones:
Bacon not only called out the HBO series for needing more male nudity, he offered himself up for a nude role. “Let me be on the show,” he said. “Come on, I’ll play a naked wizard or something.”
Kendrick would really like HBO to show actor Michiel Huisman completely in the buff. Huisman plays Daenerys‘ love interest Daario in the series. “Madonna kissed Drake, Hilary’s running for president, but HBO STILL hasn’t shown this dude’s dick?” she tweeted, with a photo of Huisman next to Emilia Clarke.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 13, 2015
Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, and when the Daily Beast asked her about the female-to-male-nudity ratio in the series she said:
“Well, during the first season Alfie [Allen], Richard [Madden] and several of the men got naked — although not all the way. I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.”
Oparei plays bodyguard Areo in the series and says he’d be perfectly comfortable taking off his clothes for the role.
“I’m actually all for male nudity,” he told Vulture. “What’s wrong with showing male nudity? The male body is a place of desire, too, so let’s have some more equality there.”
The actor who played Joffrey told The Daily Beast he thinks it would have been inappropriate to have Joffrey get completely nude for his bedroom scenes, because the character was a young teenager. That doesn’t mean he’s against male nudity in the series though. In fact, he thinks men and women should be equally objectified.
“I think there is some male nudity in the show,” he said in the interview. “As I say, I don’t watch it so I can’t really comment, but I have heard that there is male nudity — so I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We’re all objects together.”
Pratt wasn’t specifically talking about Game of Thrones when he spoke about the need for male objectification, but he is of the same mindset as Gleeson.
“I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified, but I think if we really want to advocate for equality, it’s important to even things out,” he said in an interview with Radio 4. “Not objectify women less, but objectify men just as often as we objectify women.
“At the end of the day, our bodies are objects,” the actor said. “We’re just big bags of flesh and blood and meat and organs that God gives us to drive around.”
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