It’s a pretty silly thing to bother saying, but modern society owes a great deal to the technologies that make our lives possible. The very fact that we have films to watch, television to enjoy and get to see images of people from around the world that we’d otherwise never meet is all made possible due to innovation. On the other hand, we could hold the fact that we are so frequently tricked into thinking we’ve seen the naked body of famous actresses when we haven’t, against the entire enterprise.
For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most notable incidences where audiences were fooled into thinking they’d seen a celebrity drop their gear. Whether it was through computer trickery, body doubles, or other means, the way in which we were duped is of no importance. So sit back, relax and get ready to be informed or reminded of some of the most regrettably duplicitous nude scenes ever.
15. Angelina Jolie – Wanted
A woman who was once named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire Magazine, Angelina has long embraced her more alluring side. An actress who has appeared in thirteen separate films where she exposed her body, including some with multiple naked moments, it seemed like a no brainer she did her own nude work in Wanted. Alas, that wasn’t the case and when her character walked away from our view barring her buttocks in this action thriller, we were staring at a body double’s derriere.
14. Isabella Rossellini – Death Becomes Her
One of the most beautiful actresses ever born, Isabella has been a star since the eighties due in no small part to her ability to make viewers feel something on an instinctual level. Such a sex symbol over the years that she cameoed on an episode of Friends, where Ross wanted to use her as a celebrity freebie, the nineties remained generous to her in the looks department. Playing a small but pivotal role in Death Becomes Her as an eccentric woman who holds the key to everlasting life, her character was seen swimming through a pool naked before exiting and walking around nude. As you may have guessed, the body we saw in this moment did not belong to the Italian stunner, instead future JAG star Catherine Bell was the woman that awe-inspiring figure belonged to.
13. Brooke Shields – The Blue Lagoon
An actress whose career was launched in part due to hyper-sexualised jean commercials when she was far too young to be seen like that, she stuck with that trend with this film about a teen on an island. Focused on two teenaged cousins who are shipwrecked, they find themselves alone and begin to experiment with one another as years go by. Brooke, merely fourteen at the time of the shooting, was seen in the buff in several scenes but for obvious reasons, it was necessary to get creative and keep her covered. Sometimes opting to strategically glue her hair down, when scenes made that impractical, body doubles were the obvious solution to the problem. In an interesting tidbit, the film’s stunt coordinator and dolphin trainer were both were employed in this role.
12. Vera Farmiga – Up In the Air
Currently starring in Bates Motel, one of the best original shows on television today, Vera may not be the most famous person on this list but she is among the most respected. Best known for her performance as Lorraine Warren, a woman who helps those who are in supernatural peril in The Conjuring and its upcoming sequel, Vera’s long-standing career remains on the rise. An Oscar-nominated actress for her work in Up in the Air, the role in which she was credited with best personifying a character is actually the one in which her nude scene was faked. An actress who has appeared nude in far less acclaimed and renowned films, eight to be exact, when her character was seen lying on a bed near George Clooney, a body double took her place. Maybe she was a tad too shy to undress with the megastar around.
11. Olivia Wilde – The Change-Up
Film nudity can be a tricky thing. Typically actors agree to reveal their nude bodies ahead of time and only audiences are surprised when the film comes out. Unfortunately, some Hollywood power brokers are less than honest, so actors that are more suspicious or shy about appearing in the buff in front of cast and crew sometimes opt to keep their privates covered on set. Enter into the equation, the pastie, a covering specifically designed to cover nipples. Olivia Wilde opted to use them in the making of this film which created an issue when they could be seen on-screen. Fixing the issue by digitally removing the coverings and adding nipples in their place, this nude moment was as real as Jar Jar Binks is.
10. Kate Mara – House of Cards
If you’re looking to cast a character in her twenties or early thirties and you want an actress who is immensely talented, it is really difficult to come up with a better woman for the part than Kate Mara. An actress who has had prominent roles in movies like Fantastic Four and Shooter, for many her best work to date has come on TV due to her work in American Horror Story and House of Cards. In two separate episodes of the latter show producers made it appear that the actress was on camera in the nude. In a season one episode a body double was employed to stand in for her naked rear and in a second season episode, a photoshopped topless photo of the star was shown.
9. Katrina Bowden – Nurse 3D
An actress who was introduced to most of the world with her small but recurring role in 30 Rock as a writer’s room assistant, her character wore more and more revealing garb over time. That led many to wonder if Katrina would go all the way in the years to come, and if you took a scene in this horror film at face value, it appeared that she’d opted to expose her butt. The truth of the matter was somewhat more disappointing, however, as the actress was actually wearing a bikini that was digitally omitted. In an interesting turn of events, both versions of the scene were actually released in separate edits of the film.
8. Jessica Alba – Machete
One of the most beautiful actresses of her generation, Jessica has sent people into lust filled tizzies from her start on the show Dark Angel and the film Idle Hands. Going on to become a massive celebrity in the years since despite consistently being dogged by critics and filmgoers alike, it seems pretty obvious that her numerous chances are due to a very large degree to her looks. That is why so many people were stoked when advertisements for this film showed the actress from the side utterly naked. Except, it turned out that the actress, who’d previously used a body double for a nude scene in her movie The Sleeping Dictionary, was actually wearing panties that were digitally removed in post-production.
7. Freida Pinto – Immortals
An actress who rose to international fame with her role in Slumdog Millionaire, where her incandescent beauty served as the perfect object of the male lead’s undying affection, Freida needed another hit. Attempting to keep that momentum going, one of her earliest major roles after her new found notoriety came when she was cast in Immortals as Phaedra. It turned out that the movie featured a moment where her character dropped her garb and revealed her nude body, which the actress has said she was never actually asked to do herself. While appearing on Ellen, she recounted her tale that the director explained that she needn’t worry about revealing her body as they were going to bring in a butt double.
6. Isla Fisher – Wedding Crashers
A raunchy comedy about a duo of friends who use the emotional impact weddings may have on some attendees to trick them into doing the deed; the film featured a lot of ladies in the nude. Isla Fisher, an unknown actress at the time, who gave one of the movies stand out performances, as an emotionally erratic conquest of one of the duo, was not one of them. In one Wedding Crashers scene, that was actually pretty hilarious, her character ties down her lover and teases him with her naked form, including a moment where her chest comes into frame. The particular private part that was revealed belonged to an anonymous body double, much to many people’s disappointment.
5. Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
An actress who’d previously been nude in several scenes, walking a city street in the nude on a show that can’t go an episode with a naked form seemed like a pretty natural thing. Fans of her previous work, especially in 300 where she was beautifully shot topless, were likely to realize something was amiss though due to her possessing distinctively great nipples. Any suspicion was well-founded as it was soon revealed that Lena’s head was placed on the naked body of a double digitally. In perhaps one of the most ridiculous recent new stories, the actress took to interviews to defend her choice against detractors. Quoted by Entertainment Weekly, Lena said, “Some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my t-ts out.” It is horrifying to think that a modern actress would feel attacked simply because she opted to keep her body covered.
4. Leslie Mann – The Change-Up
Leslie Mann is a skilled comedic actress who has a bevy of memorable and beloved scenes under her belt, including that driving scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but she is a lesser star than others here. So, it took one hell of a faked nude scene for her to find her way so high on this list and fortunately for her, she happens to have given us one. Shown entering her bedroom completely nude in the film, her butt and breasts are on full display but she received a lot of help from computers. Looking fantastic in the clip, it seemed too good to be true and although the reproduction may have been spot on, the fact is that we may never know how true to life she looked.
3. Lindsay Lohan – Machete
Released at a time when this former child star had not yet appeared in the buff of her own accord, when Lindsay had appeared in the nude in Machete, fans who’d lusted after her rejoiced. That excitement was short-lived however, when people actually saw the shot of a body double, who supposedly was Lindsay, making out with Danny Trejo’s character in a pool of water. The thing was the woman that took her place looked so different than the star she was meant to be, that they seemed to have only their gender and hair color in common.
2. Melissa Rauch – The Bronze
Made famous by her role as Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory, this tiny actresses’ five-foot frame belies her often over the top personality and ample chest, which drives viewers wild. Not one to rest on her laurels, Melissa is an accomplished voice actor in shows like Sofia the First and movies like Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie, and the upcoming Ice Age: Collision Course. The project that she seems to have really put a lot of work in though has to be The Bronze, which she and her husband wrote together. She stars in the movie as a former Olympic Bronze medalist who is training to regain her former glory. The scene that garnered the most attention had to be the sex scene where her character and her lover have some rather acrobatic sex which was made possible by her gymnastic skills. Speaking at length about the scene on Conan, she confirmed she’d employed a body double, which she seems to have enjoyed the process of casting.
1. Mila Kunis – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Another woman who was given Esquire’s sexiest woman alive award, Mila became a star when she was given one of the lead roles in the sitcom That 70’s Show. Going on to become one of the biggest celebrities alive due to roles in movies like Black Swan and Ted, among many others, Mila’s easy going demeanor has endeared her to audiences around the world. An actress who has yet to drop her gear on-screen, Mila used a body double for scenes in Friends with Benefits but the scene that really fooled the world took place in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In a moment where she and the film’s male lead were having fun in a bar, his character found a topless photo that appeared to be the actress on a wall but as you must realize by now, photoshop was the culprit.