Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
Lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom has opened up about doing nude scenes in his new movie Retaliation.
The actor takes on the role of a character called Malky, an adult victim of childhood sexual abuse who confronts the horrors of his past.
As part of the role, Bloom had to be naked on screen – though the star explained that he "didn't think about the nudity aspect" while making the movie.
"It was really just what was required," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I didn't think about the nudity aspect. I just thought about what was required in the moment to get the job done.
"We talked about the shots and the nudity aspect and how it served the character and the truth of the moment. I was focused more on that and obviously, I put a lot of trust in the directors, who were new and young, and had the greatest sincerity.
"They knew the writer very well, and their approach to the material was with real sensitivity and care. So, I felt I was serving the moment more than I was thinking about the fact that there was nudity."
He continued: "With the sex, you see very clear how damaged Malky is, and how his damage plays out in the relationships in his life, particularly with women.
"His fear of intimacy, his fear of closeness, the animalistic way with which he approaches sex, and the shame around that, it's all very palpable in the script.
"It's very clear to me what was required, and then a lot of what I had gleaned from different organisations that I spoke to about male sexual abuse, it was reading up around it and researching around it. You can understand how and why people do things the way they do."
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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