It’s a well-known fact in Hollywood that nipples are magic. You can show the whole rest of your boob and everything’s fine, but as soon as a hint of the pointy center part shows, you are one of “those” actresses. You know, actresses like Helen Mirren, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman…total C-listers!
Olivia Wilde declined to show her nipples for her role in The Change-Up, instead wearing pasties in her sex scene with Ryan Reynolds. However, when editing the final cut, producers saw that Reynolds hadn’t covered Olivia’s boobs with his body like he was supposed to, and the pasties were showing. Naturally, they decided to paint some nipples in with CGI, and let Wilde choose which ones.
“I got to approve the nipples!” she told WENN. “They sent me an email saying, ‘Please review nipple cover shot one through seven and decide which one is most like the original.’ I don’t know what he (producer) was using as source material… but I think it’s pretty close.”
This is amusing, but also sort of strange, considering Wilde showed her nipples in 2006′s Alpha Dog. Here she is getting naked with, and subsequently criticizing the penis of, Emile Hirsch (NSFW, duh). She’s made it pretty clear she’s not shy about her crazy nice body. So why the sudden change of heart?
Maybe The Change-Up couldn’t afford the rising cost of Wilde nipple. Maybe she’s had a modesty awakening since then that applies only to her nipples. Or maybe she was advised by her agents that if a Hollywood actress wants to be taken seriously, she can’t show nip until she’s like, about to win an Oscar. You see, actresses like Marisa Tomei and Maggie Gyllenhaal are in no danger of having people think their only value lies in their nips, so they can show them (or not) as much as they please. It simply isn’t an issue. A newcomer like Wilde, on the other hand, might be advised to keep them covered until she’s more established. Especially if the movie she’s in isn’t really classy enough to justify it.
Is showing CGI nipples really that different from just showing your real ones? Do these rules make any sense at all? Not really. But for the sake of both Wilde’s career and nipple enthusiasts everywhere, I hope she lands a great, complex role in some Oscar-bait magnum opus soon.