Carey Mulligan On ‘Shame,’ her Full Frontal Nude Scenes and Body Image

Carey Mulligan is a one of the film industries most powerful young actresses, earning a Oscar nomination for her role in 2010 for her role in An Education. Her latest project Shame is raw and gritty earning it a NC-17 rating for the sexual content and nudity. The actress  recently spoke out on the rating, which could hurt the success of the film at the box office, and speaks about how the nudity required in the film effected her and her body image…

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In fact, beyond the fact that Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan-starrer about sex addiction and personal demons isn’t getting its artistic due, very few people will even get to see the film. That’s thanks to the MPAA’s decision to give it an NC-17 rating. There’s too much sex shown for it to be seen by mainstream audiences, the powers-that-be say. Mulligan, on the other hand, thinks that’s hypocritical.

“You know, so many of the teen movies will have so much sex and so many people walking around in bikinis and bare-breasted and that all seems to be okay,” she tells in a new interview. “And then the minute you show it and its not funny, and it’s not sexy, and it’s actually unattractive, then it becomes a problem, which seems so odd.”

Mulligan, for her part, saw the film as a game changer in another way; her preparation, especially physically. Though she has a full frontal nude scene within the first twenty minutes of the film, she says she didn’t have to worry about looking “perfect” for the camera.

“I didn’t have to worry about what I ate, or how much I drank, and I didn’t have to work out,” she explains. “She was an alcoholic mess. She didn’t have any money to dye her hair. I mean I didn’t become an alcoholic, but I didn’t have to watch myself. It was so much more exciting to play that character that didn’t worry about her appearance in any way. I knew that when I stood up in that bath naked it wasn’t about whether I looked good naked or not. It was about who she was.”

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