By Alice M. Lee
Updated October 24, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Not since Charlie’s Angel Cameron Diaz danced in Spider-Man Underoos have unmentionables said so much. As the opening image of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johansson’s pink, lace-trimmed panties — by NYC-based Araks — hint at the character’s sensual vulnerability and set the movie’s ethereal mood. ”They fit in with the stillness of the scene, that sense of being alone,” recalls costume designer Nancy Steiner, whose credits include Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and the upcoming Shopgirl with Claire Danes. ”But Scarlett wasn’t so into having a big butt shot. Sofia said, ‘Here, look!’ and modeled them for her. Then Scarlett gave in.” Now, about that Bill Murray-in-a-bathing-suit scene…

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