So you’ve seen Harvey Keitel buck naked and more of Demi Moore than you really needed. It’s not over. Other shameless, uh, daring actors will soon parade their pretty selves on screen. About to begin shooting is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, with Julianne Moore (no stranger to flesh baring — remember Short Cuts?) as a porn star and Mark Wahlberg as a nightclub waiter recruited into the business. In October audiences will catch 90 seconds of all-nude lovin’ between Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in the thriller Bound and a head-to-toe look at Kate Winslet in Jude. The fall also brings Crash, with Holly Hunter, James Spader, and Rosanna Arquette as sex fiends with a thing for car wrecks, and The People vs. Larry Flynt, in which Courtney Love, as stripper Althea Leasure, treats the rest of us to what her concertgoing fans take for granted. On the flesh-toned horizon are Mississippi Masala director Mira Nair’s faithful version of the Indian sex manual Kamasutra, and Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book, in which Trainspotting‘s Ewan McGregor uses his naked self as love stationery.
What’s the skinny on all the skin? Actors ”are more accepting of nude scenes than in the past, if they feel it lends itself to the piece,” says Marian Koltai-Levine of Fine Line Features, which did not dispute Crash‘s NC-17 rating. ”In Crash it’s what made them interested in the whole premise.” For others, like Boogie woman Moore, maybe it just comes naturally. ”Paul wrote the role with me in mind,” she says. ”I think he’d seen a bunch of my work.”