Demi Moore talks about full frontal nudity in The Substance – Entertainment News (Trending Perfect)


Demi Moore's new film, the feminist body horror thriller “The Substance,” sees her completely nude, with several scenes showing full nudity. At the film's press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, the 61-year-old actor discussed the “experience of vulnerability.”

“Going into it, it was really clear — the level of vulnerability and rawness that was really required to tell the story,” Moore said. “It was a very vulnerable experience and required a lot of sensitivity and a lot of conversations about what we were trying to achieve.”

In the film, directed by Revenge director Coralie Farget, Moore plays a fading celebrity who uses the black market drug the film is named after — a cell-cloning device that ends up creating a younger, better version of herself (Margaret Qualley). Not only does she have to share space with this new creature, she also has to spend half her time hibernating so the other can thrive. In an early scene when Qualley is “born,” so to speak, Moore spends a long time studying her naked body before pulling the trigger on the drugs. When Qualley shows up, she also marvels at her new, flexible leather suit. It's a stark but perhaps necessary display of the full front end of both.

Moore also credited Qualley — who was not present at the press conference because she had to travel for a photo shoot — with making her feel comfortable during the shoot.

“I had someone who was a great partner and I felt safe with him. Obviously we were very close — naked — and we also got a lot of teasing in those moments about how ridiculous those certain situations were,” she said. “But in the end. It's just a matter of directing your communication and mutual trust.

As the film progresses, Moore is horribly disfigured by the abuse inflicted on her by her other half, Qualley. In the film's final act, she closely resembles Anjelica Huston from the 1990 film “The Witches,” having been transformed into a hunchbacked abomination.

“It was very strange,” Moore said of seeing the prosthetics during filming and at Monday's premiere. One thing that helped was that “my dog ​​was still getting to know me,” she said. “It was a touchstone of reality.” The dog in question is Pilaf, a purse dog who has stolen hearts around the world in recent weeks, sitting front row with Moore at a show Gucci Cruise collection and photo shoots on the Croisette in recent days.

Dennis Quaid also stars in the film as “the idiot,” as he described his character during the press conference. The late Ray Liotta was supposed to take on the role before his death in May 2022, and Quaid dedicated his performance to him.

“In my heart, I dedicated this role to Ray Liotta, who was meant to play it,” Quaid said. “He died this week, two years ago, so I'd like to remember him. He was a great actor.”

The Cannes Film Festival kicked off with excitement for “The Substance” at its premiere on Sunday night, where the film received an 11-minute standing ovation, the longest at the festival yet.

In an interview with diverseThe French director discussed the film's feminist themes, saying that body horror is “the perfect vehicle to express the violence that all women's issues revolve around.”

With the #MeToo movement at this year's festival growing as the movement grows in France, Farget hopes the film will shed more light on the issue. “It's a small brick in the huge wall we still have to build regarding this issue, and to be honest, I hope my film will also be one of the bricks in that wall. That's really what I intended to do with it.”



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