Okay, this is an article I never thought I’d write.
But last month, we published an article on the mechanics of all the sex and nudity in the Starz show Spartacus: Blood and Sand, including the news that much of the male nudity involved the use of a prosthesis, or fake penis, which the producers had hilariously dubbed “the Kirk Douglas.”
It’s been one of TheTorchOnline.com’s most popular articles ever.
People are interested in sex online. Who knew?
Given all the fascination with Spartacus‘ eyebrow-raising sex and nudity, we figured our readers might be interested to know that in this Friday’s episode, “Whore,” Spartacus himself gets fully naked.
It also strikes me as somewhat significant.
Frankly, it absolutely stuns me. In my previous article, I specifically predicted that, despite all the male nudity, the show would never have their lead character be frontally naked — that American audiences wouldn’t stand for seeing their virile male hero so “vulnerable.”
This Friday, American audiences are going to see him naked whether they like it or not. (Apart from the nudity, it’s one of the show’s best episodes so far, and Spartacus’ naked body is at least somewhat important to the plot, which involves the gladiators being whored out to noble Roman women.)
It’s worth noting that while the character of Spartacus is naked, the actor who plays him, Andy Whitfield, is not. In an interview with Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately, Whitfield said they’d used a body-double on the show, but that “They had to search the world for the right … size.”
I was certain he was joking, that they’d never show such a character completely naked. But he wasn’t.
Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised: the show has already gone many, many places where I also didn’t think they’d go, including the orgy scene two weeks ago, last week’s castration scene, and the many shots of star Lucy Lawless topless.
But I am still surprised. There is officially nowhere this show won’t go. There’s never been anything like it on mainstream television.
The scene in question is admittedly a “distant” shot, and the character himself is hidden behind a mask (another important plot point).
But it’s also clear that for the character of Spartacus, they did find a body-double with the “right size.”
Or maybe the body-double who plays Spartacus in the scene used the “Kirk Douglas” prosthetic penis?
Frankly, I’m waaaaay too embarrassed to ask.
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