Emily Blunt Vetoed a Nude Scene for Her New Movie ‘Sicario’

Emily Blunt Vetoed a Nude Scene for Her New Movie ‘Sicario’
Source: AP
Source: AP

As the female lead of her new film Sicario, Emily Blunt had to do drama, action and more. What she wouldn't do, however, was a nude scene.

In an interview with Howard Stern, the British actress talked about a scene in which she was expected to be naked with her costar Benicio Del Toro. She pushed back against it, with Del Toro's support, and got it cut.

"That was in there originally, but it came out because we didn't agree with it," Blunt said. When Stern pressed her to explain who "we" was, she said with a laugh, "My tits."

Source: Soundcloud

Sicario is the same film in which an investor asked director Denis Villeneuve to replace Blunt because she was a woman. Since the part was an action lead, said investor reportedly wanted a man instead, as she told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.

Source: Mic/CBS

Blunt is the latest actress to fight against unnecessary nudity for female characters in film. When asked about sexism on set at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell said the biggest element she had to push back against was sexualization of her character that does nothing to move the story forward.

Source: Mic/YouTube

Meanwhile, actress Jessica Chastain spoke out against the sexualization of women in action roles in a Radio Times interview published Monday. "If you look at films like Elektra and Aeon Flux, the problem that studios have is that they try to make kickass women very sexualized. They have to be in some cat suit," she said. 

Chastain then positively spoke about Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games series as positive, sexy-but-not-sexualized portrayals of female action heroes.

Source: Mic/AP

Blunt's voice being heard on the set of Sicario is a positive sign. Hopefully more and more male creatives behind the camera will be as collaborative with their female stars to make sure any nudity is artistic, not simply for the male gaze.

Sicario is in theaters now. Watch the trailer below.

Source: YouTube

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin is the arts editor at Mic, writing about inclusion and representation in pop culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at kevin@mic.com.

MORE FROM

It’s time for Steve Whitmire to let Kermit the Frog go

The veteran puppeteer is having a tough time relinquishing his 27-year relationship with the famous Muppet.

Debate: Is director Christopher Nolan the best or the worst filmmaker of our time?

Mic asked two staff members to debate the relative merits of award-winning director Christopher Nolan and his movies.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ ending could be what saves ‘The Originals’

The end of 'The Vampire Diaries' could mean a new beginning for 'The Originals.'

Let’s needlessly overthink these ‘Game of Thrones’ photos from “Stormborn”

Sam's still at the Citadel, looking miserable.

BBC just shut down every misogynist mad about a female Doctor Who

The Doctor was always destined to become a woman.

Noah Hawley is a busy man. Here’s a running list of everything he’s working on.

I hope he finds time to, like, sleep and be with family.

It’s time for Steve Whitmire to let Kermit the Frog go

The veteran puppeteer is having a tough time relinquishing his 27-year relationship with the famous Muppet.

Debate: Is director Christopher Nolan the best or the worst filmmaker of our time?

Mic asked two staff members to debate the relative merits of award-winning director Christopher Nolan and his movies.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ ending could be what saves ‘The Originals’

The end of 'The Vampire Diaries' could mean a new beginning for 'The Originals.'

Let’s needlessly overthink these ‘Game of Thrones’ photos from “Stormborn”

Sam's still at the Citadel, looking miserable.

BBC just shut down every misogynist mad about a female Doctor Who

The Doctor was always destined to become a woman.

Noah Hawley is a busy man. Here’s a running list of everything he’s working on.

I hope he finds time to, like, sleep and be with family.