In many ways Gone Girl is the archetypal anti-sex film: it is provocative and disgusted with the idea of physical intimacy, casting it as either crime or punishment and getting beneath the audience’s finger-nails like a particularly annoying splinter. But it’s great and audiences rightly fell in love with it (and in particular Rosamund Pike’s spell-binding, grotesque lead performance).
Since the release at the cinema, something that was only hinted at – the briefest glimpse at Ben Affleck’s penis – has become a captured truth as the home video release has allowed excitable GIFers the chance to catch the very brief moment and replay it infinitely. And it’s proving to be popular, since Affleck is clearly in the same well-endowed club as Liam Neeson: but that was never the intention of the film, as Affleck himself said:
“I think there’s some brief nudity in this movie. David [Fincher] said to me from the beginning, ‘This is a warts and all movie. It can have no vanity. You have to see the naked underbelly of this character.’ It’s gotta be like in Europe, they just don’t give a s–t about any of that stuff and they just play real people. So that was the spirit of the thing and we kind of stuck to that, me and Rosamund [Pike]. There is some brief, um, very brief nudity, I think.”
His wife meanwhile suggested another agenda:
“He’s showing his penis.. What I have to say is, ‘You’re welcome.’ I just try to consider myself a charitable person and I wanted to give back. You give me so much, I wanted to give something back to all of you.”