HOLLYWOOD – Actress, singer and actress Scarlett Johansson has often remarked on a willingness to disrobe if she felt that artistically a project called for nudity.

When she was offered the role of Samantha opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Spike Jonze‘s Her, she decided the time was right.
Spike Jonze described the actress’ commitment as ‘brave’ and ‘extraordinary’:

We’d talked about the role and I think she’d read the script. She came into the studio and the film was largely done. Her role was the last thing we needed. Anyway she came in and stripped off before I could say anything. I was frankly baffled, but we went ahead and ran through her dialogue. I thought she might get quite chilly, or at least confused as to why we weren’t filming her, but she’s a trooper and she just carried on recording the dialogue.   

Jonze believes that although Scarlett Johansson’s nudity won’t be visible it adds a definite frisson to the completed film. 

There’s an emotional fragility both to Scarlett and Samantha and so weirdly it worked. We were all spellbound and it was only after she’d left that we realized we all had cameras on our phones and we hadn’t used them. I asked Joaquin what he thought about it. But he hadn’t noticed anything strange.

Her will be released in December, 2013.

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