There is a lot of nakedness in the second episode of “Pam & Tommy.” The scene in which actor Sebastian Stan converses with his penis while under the influence of drugs is voiced by Jason Mantzoukas and is directly taken from Tommy Lee’s autobiography. The main male protagonist of the story being in such a vulnerable position is also kind of refreshing. For women in the profession, naked moments are rather typical, but for their male counterparts, unless his name is Ewan McGregor, they are surprisingly less prevalent. If you weren’t already a Stan fan, you will be after reading Stan’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he detailed the judgments made behind the scenes and his tolerance for nudity.
‘It’s our turn now.’
As an adult human male enthusiast, I sincerely welcome the trend toward more male full-frontal nudity in both movies and television. Hollywood seems to be catching up with the “Jackass” lads, who started dropping trou onscreen in 2002 and were way ahead of the trend. In recent years, actors like Chris Pine and Jack Reynor have performed full-frontal scenes in the films “Outlaw King” and “Midsommar,” respectively. There have also been an increasing number of naked scenes on TV and streaming. Reynor pushed for as much nudity as possible in his scene because he admired how much it subverted the way women are frequently humiliated for the sake of the audience’s titillation in horror films.
Similar feelings were echoed by Stan, who told The Hollywood Reporter that he no longer “doesn’t even think twice” about doing nude sequences as long as they further the plot:
“I feel that women have to have had to do it for so long, and now, it’s almost like, well, OK, it’s our turn now. [I’ll do it] if it’s not salacious and not purely for grabbing-attention purposes. […] As long as it’s being approached from a conversational point of view, where everyone agrees on what it is and we’re all on the same page, then I think it is OK.”
Equal-opportunity Sincerely, nudity is fantastic, and it’s wonderful to hear celebrities like Stan embrace a culture in which more than just female flesh is on exhibit. While some may dispute the growth in male nudity and whether it is only crude objectification, it feels reasonable given that women have been compelled to bare it all for far too long without receiving much in the way of reciprocation. It’s time for a pants-off party on TV as long as everyone is an adult who gives their consent. The year of the talking wiener, 2022, is here to stay.