There are many interpreters who have undressed throughout the history of cinema, but it is fair to recognize that there have been many more actresses than actors. In fact, there are many times that the concept of free nudity has been used, but things get more complicated when looking for cases in which it was recognized to be the case. Today I bring you perhaps the most famous and important of all of them, because the very Halle Berry He recognized that it was something fundamental to win the Oscar shortly after.
Some of you have already guessed right that I am referring to a scene from ‘Operation Swordfish’ in which Berry appears topless, a highly commented moment at the time and for which it was said that he earned an additional half a million dollars to his salary from 2 millions. In fact, Dominic Senadirector of the film, commented at the time that they were “$250,000 per teat“, although the actress later got tired of repeating that the filmmaker made those statements jokingly, since, according to her, “if he was charging for them, it would have been much more than $500,000“. However, Sena never clarified anything about it, nor did any other member of the film.
“I knew it was free”
Of course, Berry had no problem when it came to admitting during the promotional campaign for the Oscar for ‘Monster’s Ball’ that the scene in question was a gratuitous nude and that she was well aware of that while she was recording it:
The nudity in ‘Operation Swordfish’ was very gratuitous and some people have a problem with that. While making “Swordfish” he knew it was free. I never justified it.
In fact, the role of Ginger was very important to her, because until then she had refused to explore your sexier side:”For many years I said no, no, and no, and it was because I wasn’t comfortable with myself, I was scared, and I wondered what people would think.“. But things changed and he admits that without that nude he would not have been able to shoot a vital scene in ‘Monster’s Ball’:
But if I hadn’t loosened up in ‘Operation Swordfish’, I would have been afraid to tackle a love scene like this in ‘Monster’s Ball’. That’s a tribute to listening to your gut and doing what you think is right for you, and not letting yourself be swayed by what others think about the decisions you make.
In fact, in another interview he was even clearer when he pointed out that “I probably wouldn’t have been able to do the sex scene in ‘Monster’s Ball’ if I hadn’t flashed my boobs in ‘Operation Swordfish’“, hence a gratuitous nude as obvious as the one at hand ended up being essential for him to win the Oscar very soon after, since both films were released the same year.