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Jason Biggs on Nude Scenes and Masturbation

Much is made over nude scenes of women in film, so I was happy to read Jason Biggs talk about his nude scene and masturbation in American Reunion.

I do think that high school kids who see this will be shocked to learn the sad secret that married adults still masturbate. [Laughs] That’s actually very true. Yeah, I know. Actually, one of my favorite adult masturbation scenes was “American Beauty” with Kevin Spacey. He’s like doing it in the bed next to her. Then he’s doing it in the shower. I remember thinking, Oh my God, they’re married! And he’s masturbating!

Annette Bening is right there! She’s sitting right there! And now I’m like, “Well, I get it. OK, yeah. All right, fair enough.” Of course, we do it in “American Pie” fashion. But, listen, it’s good to know that these things are real and still happen into adulthood, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to make another “American Pie” movie.

You do full male nudity in this film. Was that a prosthetic or the real deal? Well, that depends. What did you think?

I’m not going to pass judgement. Fair enough. That was me. That was all me. It’s funny, I guess I understand because there’s all kinds of movie magic, but we made sure that there’s a close up shot — and then we go to a wide shot. So that my face is in it with the penis. You see a full shot so that it’s clear, or more obvious, that it’s my penis. I remember in early cuts I kept telling the directors, “I have one note. You have to hold on to that shot longer so that people will know that’s my penis. Otherwise, what’s the point of me doing this?” The plain truth is, that’s my penis.

How many more years do we have of the penis being funny or shocking? It still gets the same reaction that it did in “There’s Something About Mary.” That’s a great question. You know, between “There’s Something About Mary” and then Jason Segel — and, apparently, he’s doing it again; he just loves flumping his [penis], apparently — and now me and Michael Fassbender last year, yeah, I don’t know. Pretty soon people will become desensitized to it. But I’m glad I’m catching it on the early side, so people still have a little bit of shock. The other thing is, even if people were like, “Eh, penis, whatever,” I think they’d still be shocked because it’s Jim’s penis. There’s something about doing it with a character that people have sort of come to know and love over the years. And they’ve come so close — his penis has gotten lots of play over the years — but they’ve never actually seen it.

Like an old friend that we’ve heard many things about, but we’ve never had the please of meeting before. Exactly! He’s put it in a pie, he’s crazy glued his hands to it — all kinds of things. But we’ve never seen it.

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Have been a jack of all trades. I'm a former philosopher who specialized in ethics and political philosophy. I'm a sex positive feminist.

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