Yes, Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal in ‘Gone Girl,’ Confronting One of Cinema’s Last Taboos

October 1, 2014 9:05 AM

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Yes, Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal in ‘Gone Girl,’ Confronting One of Cinema’s Last Taboos

It is, simply put, one of cinema’s last taboos: The onscreen penis. Whereas (mostly male) filmmakers regularly treat audiences to a plethora of female nudity, the male anatomy is rarely given the same attention and appreciation on film. And when a penis is shown onscreen, it’s typically in an arthouse flick, e.g. Michael Fassbender’s Fassbender in Shame, played for laughs (Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), or belonging to Ewan “Swingin’ Dick” McGregor (See: Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Trainspotting, etc.).

So, it’s a watershed moment of sorts to see one of Hollywood’s biggest actors (and filmmakers) in one of the year’s most anticipated films go full-frontal. And that’s exactly what happens in Gone Girl, the very violent, seedy latest from acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher, in theaters Oct. 3. There's...

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