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Chris Pine’s full-frontal nudity in Netflix’s Outlaw King is distracting everyone

Chris Pine’s upcoming Netflix film, the Game of Thrones-inspired Outlaw King, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, but all anyone seems to want to talk about is his full-frontal nude scene.

hollywood Updated: Sep 08, 2018 18:05 IST
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This image released by Netflix shows Chris Pine in a scene from David Mackenzie’s Robert the Bruce epic Outlaw King, premiering on November 9.(AP)

Chris Pine’s new film, Outlaw King, opened the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, but all anyone seems to want to talk about is his full-frontal nudity.

While the film, a medieval epic modelled on Braveheart and Game of Thrones, wasn’t received quite as ecstatically as anyone involved would have liked, Pine’s penis quickly became the talk of the town. Vulture, in a post titled, ‘Chris Pine’s Penis Dazzles Audience at Opening Night of Toronto Film Festival’ wrote, “The sex scene that ensues can only be described as Wiseauean, both in the way the camera lovingly lingers on the male lead’s backside, and in its willingness to go on for a beat longer than is comfortable. It’s kicked off by a split-second shot where Robert disrobes, unveiling the full majesty of his medieval bush. It’s a level of nudity you don’t often see from male movie stars, and quite frankly, it makes Justin Theroux look like Buffalo Bill.”

Meanwhile, Esquire declared that two Johnsons are the stars of the film, and one of them is Aaron Taylor Johnson.

For Variety, Peter Debruge speculated that it was all a ploy by Netflix - that’s where the film’s headed - to gain new subscribers. “Netflix has a strategy to gain millions more subscribers this November: inserting a gratuitous Chris Pine nude scene in the middle of bloody, muddy Scottish battle epic Outlaw King,” he wrote.

Outlaw King, which reunites Pine with his Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie, is an epic drama about Robert the Bruce, a Scottish king who tries to retake his throne after he is banished. The film will be available on Netflix in November, and several people online are already joking that it’s destined to become the most paused movie ever.

On his part, Pine downplayed the nudity in a press conference following the premiere. He offered a philosophical explanation for their choice to include the scene. “Some talk will be (about) the full frontal or the sex and the sensuality of it, but that is also humanity in itself — it’s violence and sex,” he said. “If we reduce it ultimately to some base elements: hunger, food, feeding, procreation, and power … (there are) elements like air, water, and fire in this film that we have to show due respect for.”

Pine expressed his frustration at the fact that the nudity is attracting more attention than the film’s violence. “We all have certain body parts, and people want to talk about that, but there’s so much deboweling and beheading in this film, it nearly makes your mind spin,” he said. “That somehow [the violence] to a human modern audience is not nearly as interesting or revelatory than someone showing a sex scene or a penis.”

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First Published: Sep 08, 2018 17:50 IST