Male nudity. The Leftover‘s producer feels there needs to be more of it splashed on our television screens.
Talking to TVLine, series co-creator Damon Lindelof said he hopes the show is remembered for, among other things, offering copious glimpses of the male form sans the hinderance of clothing.
He wants other shows to follow suit.
“There’s an incredible disproportion between naked women and naked men on television,” he says.
“And if you’re going to do a show on HBO, which is one of the few places where you can do full frontal nudity, there’s no excuse not to show more dongs. I’m passionate about it.”
The audience still has a very odd reaction to seeing male genitalia. Yet when they see female genitalia or naked breasts, they’re completely nonchalant about it.
So I’m just the beginning of the vanguard, but I want to normalize male nudity on television.”
And there you have it.
Not that full-on nudity is even necessary to raise our Puritanical eyebrows. In August 2014. The Leftovers was wrapping up its first season on HBO and the entire Internet was in a tizzy over Justin Theroux’s sweatpants. More specifically, what was flopping around underneath the sweatpants he was wearing in the opening scene of an episode.
After making national headlines, Theroux laid low for a while, speaking as little as possible about the incident whenever asked.
“We’re done with that,” he said. “Throw the sweatpants out!”
Now, in a new interview with Elle, he’s finally opening up at length about the incident that helped transform him into more than just Mr. Jennifer Aniston.
“It’s like having someone yank your shorts down in public,” he says. “It doesn’t feel great. Anyone who has an unflattering picture taken of them would probably say, ‘Join the club’.”
Even though most people spoke positively about Theroux’s package, he says he still cringed.
“It has the appearance of a compliment,” he says, “but it’s more mortifying than anything else.”