Now on the one hand, Spartacus is performed by mainstream (if largely B-listed) actors and actresses. So for that reason I’m pretty sure that I’m not watching, you know, actual pornography.
But that only raises the question: during the scenes (and there is usually one per episode) in which one of the male characters is shown with one of the female characters grinding their pelvises, no stitch of clothing to be seen anywhere . . . then I can’t help but wonder how the line between acting and reality doesn’t get, you know, blurry in that situation. (Warning: Link NSFW)
So here’s my question to whichever of my readers has insider knowledge on this subject: how are these scenes actually done so as to protect the, I dunno, professionalism of the participants? Are we looking at high-quality animation? Are the actors and actresses actually wearing Teflon clothing that is then digitally replaced by skin tones? Or maybe they’re all just inhumanly, um, disciplined mentally?
But I’m beginning to wonder about how much of even plain ol’ TV nudity is real. Take for instance the HBO series Rome. The show almost had me convinced that this was actually what actress Polly Walker looks like. But Lindsay Duncan? The actress was 55 at the time of filming, ye t she is shown with an impossibly gravity-defying figure. That’s got to be CGI again, right?