Fifty Shades Pubes Were All Digital

In the 1980s and early 1990s when the sexual thriller film genre was at its height, nudity and strong simulated sex scenes were fairly common. Breasts and bottoms were a given, and the flash of some pubic hair was also not out of the question.

Of course sex in major studio films these days has gone the way of pubic hair itself – either neatly trimmed or stripped entirely. For all the talk of its explicitness, “Fifty Shades of Grey” actually just brings the screen content back to the 80s level and chucks a bit of light bondage in there to try and generate word of mouth.

One key difference though is that digital trickery has now come into play. In a new piece in The New York Times, the film’s cinematographer Seamus McGarvey has revealed that actress Dakota Johnson’s full frontal in the film wasn’t so much bold display of flesh as much as it was an inventive use of a graphics server. He says:

“Dakota [Johnson] had kind of a patch that went over her pubic area, and right round her whole body. We were in the curious situation, in post-production, of adding [pubic hair]. I wouldn’t say it was one of the highlights of my career, but it certainly was one of the most surreal scenarios.”

In fact many of the people who worked on the visual effects on the film worked on some of last year’s biggest blockbusters including “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Godzilla”. Her co-star Jamie Dornan wore a modesty patch (aka. a cock sock) on set, but McGarvey didn’t reveal if the quick, half-second shot of pubes and penile shaft in the film is all him or a digital effect as well.

McGarvey also confirmed that Johnson had a butt double in the film: “We did have a butt double for Dakota. I had the pleasure of casting a non tattooed bottom – Surreal Scenario No. 2.”

Other things that helped the film’s co-stars be more comfortable on set included using things like a remotely operated camera for the sex scenes which meant the camera operators could shoot at a distance (phrasing).