One of the most talked-about moments in Gone Girl is a brief moment of nudity where, if you look closely enough, you can spot Ben Affleck’s penis. When moviegoers realized this, the Internet exploded—and the split-second shot is still being discussed a month later, even at the Hollywood Film Awards yesterday where the film won the Hollywood Film Award and Gillian Flynn took home the Hollywood Screenwriter Award. Here’s what the cast, including the man himself, and crew had to say about the now-infamous look at Affleck’s nether regions:
• Patrick Fugit, who plays Officer Jim Gilpin in the film, said the moment wasn’t discussed on set: “No. There was no talk. There was more talk about Emily’s scene where she had to take her top off. I heard more about that than Ben’s at the time. It was sort of a surprise. I saw the shower scene when the movie came out and I was like, ‘Oh wait. You almost saw his, well, I didn’t know they were doing that.'”
• Flynn, author and screenwriter, joked about the true definition of full-frontal nudity, and Affleck’s commitment to his craft: “It is so quick. Maybe you see it, maybe you don’t. I laughed because there were all these things being said about his full frontal and I was like, ‘That is not the definition of full frontal, my friends.’ That was a man getting into a shower. I expect to see a lot more when people call it full frontal. I was like, ‘I wrote this book and this film and I saw the dailies and I don’t remember a full frontal.’ Maybe they went off script there. But I appreciate [Ben’s] commitment to the authenticity of a man getting into a shower. Man, you committed.”
• Emily Ratajkowski told the Los Angeles Times her thoughts on whether the moment had been discussed too much: “I think it got as much discussion as it deserved, right?”
• Ben Affleck, the man of the hour, addressed the controversy when he accepted the show’s top prize: “I want to take this opportunity to thank David for the way he treated me. In particular, we had a shower scene in the movie. And David assured me, because trust is essential with directors and actors: ‘Listen, if we tilt down we will never go far enough to see anything.’ So thank you David. And I’d like to thank you for keeping the set cool. Because if you are gonna have one chance for America to see your junk you want it to be cold. It’s a real gift.”
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-Reporting by Carrie Bell