Dif­fer­ent kind of wardrobe

Stars of “The Overnight” talk about the f ilm’s need for pros­thet­ics of a mas­cu­line na­ture.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Amy Kauf­man amy. kauf­man@ latimes. com

When a movie calls for full- frontal male nu­dity, it’s usu­ally a blink- and- you- miss- it sce­nario.

Just last fall, movie­go­ers took to the Twit­ter­sphere to de­bate whether they’d ac­tu­ally got­ten a glimpse of Ben Aff leck’s man­hood dur­ing a shower scene in “Gone Girl.” The mo­ment was so f leet­ing that one blog even cre­ated a guide de­voted to “How to See Ben Af­fleck’s Penis in ‘ Gone Girl.’ ”

Yes, there have been a few mem­o­rable mo­ments: Mark Wahlberg’s siz­able pros­thetic in “Boo­gie Nights,” Jason Segel’s naked towel- drop in “For­get­ting Sarah Mar­shall.” But for the most part, we don’t see a lot of male gen­i­talia in movies — there’s not even any drop­ping trou in this sum­mer’s “Magic Mike XXL,” a film about male strip­pers.

En­ter this week­end’s “The Overnight,” a bold com­edy about a din­ner party that turns into an evening of bac­cha­na­lia. The movie fol­lows a cou­ple ( Adam Scott, Tay­lor Schilling) who are new to Los An­ge­les and look­ing to make new friends when they’re in­vited for a meal at the home of a more — how shall we put it? — un­in­hib­ited cou­ple ( Jason Schwartz­man, Ju­dith Go­drèche). Schwartz­man plays the ul­ti­mate East­side hipster dad: He’s cre­ated a star pro­jec­tor for his kid’s room, smokes from a 2- foot- long bong and is ex­tremely com­fort­able be­ing naked.

So when he and his wife start skinny- dip­ping, the more con­ser­va­tive cou­ple is taken aback. Scott’s char­ac­ter, as it turns out, doesn’t want to strip be­cause he’s in­se­cure about his size — es­pe­cially com­pared with that of his new friend, who is ex­tremely well- en­dowed.

Both ac­tors donned pros­thet­ics in the film, but their near- nu­dity is still a rar­ity for the big screen, par­tic­u­larly be­cause the two men end up dis­cussing male body is­sues. In sep­a­rate in­ter­views, Scott and Schwartz­man, both 34, spoke to The Times about the ex­pe­ri­ence of al­most bar­ing it all. How did you set­tle on the ap­pro­pri­ate pros­thet­ics?

Scott: The pro­duc­ers, di­rec­tor and I had a long email chain where we’d get photos of pros­thet­ics with iPhones next to them for scale. When we got the pic­ture of the small one, Mark [ Du­plass, who pro­duced the film] and I were like, “Re­ally? Is that what peo­ple think small is? Be­cause I feel like it should be quite a bit smaller than that.” We were all ques­tion­ing our place in the world.

You must have been anx- ious about putting those things on.

Scott: We were both ner­vous, even though Jason’s is the more gen­er­ous of the two. Nu­dity is not fun. But then, once we put them on, we were weirdly more com­fort­able than we thought we would be. It’s not real, even though it looks real, so there’s a psy­cho­log­i­cal bar­rier. It was pretty chill, just hang­ing out on set.

Schwartz­man: I’m kind of mod­est. I wouldn’t just take my clothes off. But there was some­thing about the penis — or be­ing to­tally naked, what­ever you want to call it — that was ac­tu­ally eas­ier to do for my brain. Let’s say there was no nu­dity, but a scene where we all hang out by a pool in our bathing suits. In a way, I’d be more ner­vous about that than walk­ing around with a pros­thetic penis on. Once I put that thing on, I was so ex­cited to show peo­ple. I wanted it to be a part of ev­ery­one’s life on that set. I said, “Any­one who wants to touch it can touch it.” What was it made of ?

Schwartz­man: It was made of a mem­ory foam — or maybe even a thicker, harder Tem­pur- Pedic. I re­ferred to it as Tem­perPe­nis. It wasn’t rub­ber. It was, like, in the mid­dle of rub­ber and Tem­pur- Pedic. And the in­side of it — you know those breast cut­let type things? It al­most had that on the in­side. So it wasn’t too bad. It was kind of squishy. So it wasn’t too un­com­fort­able.

Scott: I was happy to take it off, but it wasn’t hor­ri­ble. We spent most of the time in the pool, any­way. Mine got wa­ter­logged, so we had to squeeze the wa­ter out of it.

Schwartz­man: It got wa­ter­logged. By the end of that movie, it was a whole dif­fer­ent penis. I ended up ac­tu­ally wear­ing it a lot of times when you don’t even see it on cam­era. There was some­thing about the char­ac­ter, and I fig­ured, look, we have this pros­thetic and it’s a big part of this char­ac­ter — no pun in­tended. So I didn’t have them glue it on me, but just tape it on me, and I would just wear it un­der my clothes some­times. In your ex­pe­ri­ence, do adult men openly dis­cuss their body inse­cu­ri­ties?

Schwartz­man: It’s prob­a­bly more of a high school phe­nom­e­non. Pu­berty and teenage- hood is a hard time for peo­ple. Adam has a speech in the movie where he’s like, “I didn’t know it was small un­til high school, be­ing in the showers.” That’s where ev­ery­one is com­par­ing. I’m sure it’s con­stantly there in ev­ery uri­nal.

Scott: I think it’s mostly pri­vate, but even the most pri­vate things shape how you see your­self. That’s why I thought it re­ally took guts to write about this in the script. It’s all real, in­ti­mate stuff. I was a chubby kid from late ele­men­tary school all the way through ju­nior high, and there was a lot of teas­ing, plus the fact that I didn’t get any at­ten­tion from girls. A huge part of my per­son­al­ity was formed in those years, I think. Males have those body is­sues; they’re just not as preva­lent or talked about.

‘ We were both ner­vous.... Nu­dity is not fun.’

— ADAM SCOTT, speak­ing of the full- frontal nu­dity asked of him and costar Jason Schwartz­man in “The Overnight,” which also stars Tay­lor Schilling, right

Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times


in “The Overnight,” holds a pic­ture of him­self hold­ing a pic­ture of him­self.

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