There is an old saying in Hollywood. If you take it all off, you will win. Well, it may not be a saying, and it may not be entirely true. Though we’ve seen actresses like Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway get a lot of critical acclaim for movies where they showed a bit of skin, men in Hollywood haven’t had as much success winning over critics for their ballsy roles (pun intended). Let’s face it, in this day and age it’s less taboo for a man to go full frontal in cinema than for a woman.
This past week, it was announced that the pinnacle of men baring it all movies, Magic Mike, may be g-stringing its way to the Great White Way in a musical adaptation. In honor of this announcement, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite male celebs who have stripped down for a movie role. After checking out the list, head on over to The Underwear Expert for more.
“Are those photoshopped?” With those words, Emma Stone spoke for us all as she surveyed the physique of costar Ryan Gosling in Crazy. Stupid. Love. But, it wasn’t in that particular scene that we finally got to see Ryan stripped down completely…well, almost. It happened in a scene involving Steve Carell and Gosling. As the two exchanged words in a locker room, Carell got himself a face full of Gosling’s family jewels…literally. Gosling may have won us over romantically in The Notebook, but that scene in CSL had us pressing pause.
Matt Damon has had his fair share of shirtless moments throughout his career, but this year he showed a whole new side to himself, playing opposite Michael Douglas as Liberace’s love interest in Behind the Candelabra. In the movie, Damon served us up a plate of seventies hair, short shorts, and bedazzled Speedos. The scene of him exiting the pool in a white, barely there bathing suit beats out Phoebe Cate’s pool scene any day.
Before Mark Wahlberg made us laugh in Ted or cry in The Fighter, he was simply a white brief wearing, rapper. But, his brief time with the Funky Bunch isn’t the reason he made our list. When you think of Wahlberg in the context of a list about bearing all, you should look no farther than his portrayal as Eddie Adams in Boogie Nights. That role put him and his “member” on the road to fame and cemented his place in movie history.
Everyone’s favorite cowboy Jake Gyllenhaal has won us over with his sparkling eyes and 100 watt smile in many movies like Brokeback Mountain and Donnie Darko. In 2010, he was reunited with Brokeback co star Anne Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs. Though his portrayal as a pharmaceutical rep didn’t win him praise by most critics, he went toe to toe with nude heavyweight Hathaway in this rom com. Though Hathaway got the most buzz for her nudity in the film, Gyllenhaal’s time in the buff will stay cemented in our minds.
He is probably one of the full frontal MVP’s, paying the way for the likes of the other men on our list to go nude. Before Richard Gere starred with Julia Roberts in her portrayal of a hooker with a heart of gold, Gere portrayed a male escort in 1980’s American Gigolo. In an iconic scene, Gere, clad in boxer shorts, took the plunge into full frontal cinema. What do you expect from a film about a male escort?
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