A miracle of technology has allowed us to see Jessica Alba naked, even though she swore never to go nude in a movie: She filmed a Machete shower scene in her undies, which retouchers later peeled off, with computers.
“No, I’ll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can’t go naked,” Alba said in an interview early this year. Luckily, you don’t have to go naked to be seen naked, anymore. The Daily Mail says the image at left is from Machete‘s set, in which Alba films a shower scene in her skivvies. (Who showers in their underwear? And, that bra looks weirdly fake, doesn’t it?) At right, Alba as she appears in leaked still images from the movie, showing side boob, a crescent of butt, and an anatomically perplexing chunk of upper thigh. A sliver of her belly is missing, too. Did she suck in before the camera rolled, or did the panty-snatchers in post-production remove that, too? Article by Gawker * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This makes me upset for a number of reasons. First, Jessica Alba is gorgeous. There is no reason why they needed to remove part of her stomach or give her a more rounded butt. I mean really – how much closer to the standard of “perfect” can you get? Apparently, it is never enough. It’s not like they used a body double and just put her head on it – that would be understandable since Jessica Alba doesn’t do nude scenes. But instead they used her body and they altered it. But what upsets me the most is that with background tactics such as this being implemented, the line between real and fake becomes even harder to determine. What is reality anymore? If I had seen the movie, I never would have been able to tell that the scene wasn’t altered. And if I can’t tell even though I purposely look for things like that, I know millions of other people are going to be fooled as well. The professionals behind these alterations are good – really good – at what they do. But by making it so realistic, people are really going to take these images and messages as a guide of what they and other people should look like – the only problem is that it’s fake. If I were Jessica Alba, I would be pretty upset about this.