Emilia Clarke’s experience on Game of Thrones highlights how young actors can feel exploited, so only showing older bodies might redress the balance
Game of Thrones has not had the best press of late. The finale was bad, the showrunners appeared to demean their own fans at a film festival and HBO had to perform an embarrassing about-face when it came to making a prequel. Could it get any worse?
Thanks to Emilia Clarke’s recent appearance on Dax Shepherd’s podcast, it could. During her interview, she describes having to resist pressure to appear nude on the show. “I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like: ‘No, the sheet stays up,’ and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans.’ And I’m like: ‘Fuck you.’”
In the age of the internet, a nude scene is a big deal: they become both permanent and freely available. One awkward conversation about sheet placement at work and Clarke’s body becomes public property for ever. Clearly, something has to be done.
I know what that thing is. We should ban nude scenes for anyone under the age of 50. Now, bear with me: this is not simply a very specific kink of mine. By the age of 50, most actors have been around long enough to really know their worth. They are no longer naive waifs straight out of drama school, desperate for a credit. They will have been around the block; they’ll have experienced rejection, and realised that rejection is not that bad. If a producer tried to pressure, say, Emma Thompson into a gratuitousscene, there is a very good chance that they’d end the conversation holding their broken teeth in their hands.
Source: The Guardian
Original publication 20 November, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 22nd November 2019
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