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In 1999 Jim McBride met with an attorney to map out a legal strategy for creating a website featuring nude video clips of famous Hollywood stars taken from movie scenes. The Mr. Skin website was created as an editorial site featuring complete biographies, reviews and news about movie celebrities, along with clips from their movies. The most popular scenes that drove web traffic happened to be the clips featuring partial or full nudity from the actresses' movie.

“Scarlett Johansson finally did a nude scene,” mild-mannered entrepreneur Jim McBride says gleefully from his home in Chicago. “She did it in this sci-fi art-house flick called Under the Skin, where she plays an alien who comes down to Earth and goes after Scottish hitchhikers or something. I don’t know.” He refocuses. “But the bottom line is, she went full frontal, and coming from an actress that had never been naked before in a movie or television show, that was huge. People are very excited to see Scarlett Johannson naked.” (Source: www.rollingstone.com)



Although he reports that nudity is largely on the decline in major theatrically released motion pictures, premium television has given scriptwriters new opportunities to test boundaries and waistbands. Shows like Game of Thrones, Californication and Masters of Sex regularly feature sex scenes. McBride contends that the prevalence of nakedness coming from HBO, Showtime and Netflix has also inspired network television writers to write similar scenes so they can keep up. “I just noticed a new show on WGN America called Salem, in which there was a doggy-style sex scene and a full butt from a girl,” McBride. “Now when was the last time you saw nudity on WGN?”

The credits of “Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies” include an unconventional executive producer name: Mr. Skin. Mr. Skin is the name of a very successful web site that collects snippets of nudity from films throughout history and appends commentary telling which body parts of which actors are visible. Mr. Skin is also the nickname/business name of the site’s founder, Jim McBride (not to be confused with the American New Wave filmmaker). It’s unclear whether Mr. Skin the site or Mr. Skin the guy is the executive producer here, but it’s definitely a Mr. Skin product, drawing on a voluminous research file of what old British comedians used to call “naughty bits.” (Source: www.rogerebert.com)





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