It doesn’t matter if you’re a cinematic neophyte or a professor of film at an Ivy League school, everyone loves to see naughty bits in cinema. But because the movies you see at your local theater aren’t all filmed cinema verité, it’s rare you actually see a real celebrity private part on screen. If someone strips down in a movie, it’s likely you’re looking at prosthetics, rather than a set of honest-to-goodness body parts. If you’re ready for everything you think you know about cinema genitalia (cinematals) to be turned upside down, keep reading to learn about faux parts in classy movies.
After you learn the inside scoop about prosthetic parts in Hollywood films, you'll knowingly spot a cleverly-designed fake on your trips to the theater.
This is probably the most famous fake prosthetic naughty bit in the history of cinema. The one thing that made Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler special was his giant dong. Although it wasn't as big as you might think.
According to special makeup effects supervisor Howard Berger: "We sculpted a version that was 12 inches long, and we tested it and it was just way too big. It looked just like a weird monster [part]. The next one was seven inches; that was the [one] we went with. We took a pattern around that area around [it] and tied that lace piece and matched the color to Mark’s hair. That was the final thing. We spent two weeks making [them]."
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While there aren't many production notes about Robert Paulson's massive chest that extended significantly when his body tried to match its hormones after his testes were removed, you can be sure they definitely aren't real.
Meat Loaf would do anything for David Fincher, but he wouldn't do that.
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Working on a David Fincher movie must be the most time-consuming job in the world. Not only is the guy incredibly meticulous about his filming, but, according to Rooney Mara, he's got a lot of opinions when it comes to the hair down below and its design.
"There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that. In the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit."
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You know the scene in Step Brothers when John C. Reilly tells Will Ferrell to keep his hands off his drums and Ferrell drops brain on the snare drum? In a Reddit AMA, Ferrell revealed the testes prop cost a legit $10,000.
According to Ferrell, "Those were not based on [mine]. However, Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis allowed his...to be examined for the prosthetic...to be made."
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