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Scarlett Johansson Explains Secretly Seducing Men in 'Under the Skin'

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April 2, 2014
Source: THR

Under the Skin

How would you like to be seduced by Scarlett Johansson? Well, some unknowing men were put into that very position as part of the guerilla production tactics used in the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin. The film follows Johansson as an alien taking a human form who seduces men off the streets, lures them back to her home base, and then drowns them in a preservation fluid until their epidermis can be stripped and collected. And for part of the film, director Jonathan Glazer actually used hidden cameras and real people who were seduced by Johansson in wardrobe. More is explained in a featurette for the film below. Watch!

Here's the featurette for Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin from A24 (via THR):

In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. And then, her curiosity about her human body and an accidental act of pity disrupt her mission. Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) directs the film and co-wrote the script with Walter Campbell, based on Michael Faber’s novel. Under the Skin was acquired by A24 Films from TIFF 2013, and is currently playing in limited theaters. See it now!

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  • DAVIDPD
    Show cleavage. Smile. And repeat.
  • SkyNet300
    Umm this sounds ridiculously up its own ass. Indie film in the blandest sense.
    • Bo
      Ummmm...up its own ass? That's kinda funny and one, certainly not me, should not disagree with you here as you've got a point. But why judge so harshly before actually viewing the finished work and giving the director a chance? Eh? Contempt prior to investigation and all that. Like I said above, Glazer is quite a talented director. Perhaps this off-the-wall method will turn out paying off. Anyway, to each his own. I shall give him a shot before I make any pronouncements one way or the other. We'll see. You could end up eating your own words here, SkyNet. Or come out as a brilliant psychic. My bet's on Glazer as both you and I are just members of the peanut gallery voicing meaningless opinions. He's a proven, talented director.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Any minute now Mr. anti-apartheid activist should be chiming in..................................
    • Bo
      Who me? You can't mean me...no, no. Having excused myself here, I must say this director is a pretty talented and interesting filmmaker. A strange way to shoot, but he's so good that it'll be interesting to see if his methods pay off. I'll give him a chance as Sexy Beast was a terrific film. There, my chiming is done. Was that better for you Rock n Rolllll??
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Better? No not really, it wasn't aimed towards you. You werent the one who initiated it, Tony Burtois was. In fact, you werent even in the know till it was mentioned. But anyway, it was just a joking comment and thought it would be funny if he came back and made his statement once again.
        • Bo
          Thank you, kind sir...as you are correct...I did not initiate it. However, much to my own dismay I did rant on about it somewhat...lol...
  • Snev De la Fontaine
    Sure. As long as we don't pretend like this is anything more than the gimmick of seeing Scarlett seduce random strangers. Perhaps it renders an interesting sequence, but generally speaking that's what we have writers, directors and actors for.
  • Terry Craig
    I for one think this is cool. Not exactly groundbreaking, Jean Luc-Godard had random bystanders as extras as well, and I'm sure there's been more films like it, but, while it is a gimmick in a way, you could say that about so many filmic techniques. If this adds some realistic grit, or uncomfortable realistic atmosphere to the film, I'd say it's accomplished more than any gimmick could.

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