S carlett Johansson is one of the most heavily discussed and scrutinised actors in Hollywood, and her latest role looks set to take this even further. Jonathan Glazer doubles down on the image Johansson as monster in Under the Skin , a viscerally unsettling depiction of a seductive alien in human disguise. The unnamed creature first discards her stolen clothes, then ultimately her human skin. She is often framed as a Marilyn Monroe-esque sex symbol, but this base simplicity belies those performances that complicate depictions of her on-screen body. A body that is whole can be understood and commodified, but Johansson consistently chooses roles that disrupt the integrity of her body.
'Under the Skin's Nudity Isn't What You Think
The uncanny disembodiment of Scarlett Johansson
Jonathan Glazer's " Under the Skin " is one of the most haunting, bizarre and disorienting films likely to arrive in theaters this year. It also features a very familiar face in disguise. Scarlett Johansson is a highly recognizable actress in normal circumstances, but take her to Scotland and put her in a short black '70s-esque wig, and you've got a completely different woman. In her best performance yet, Johansson transforms as Laura, an alien seductress who hunts single, wandering men. Since "Under the Skin" was shot mostly guerilla-style with non-actors sometimes unknowingly taking part in the film, Johansson had to improvise her conversations with random Scottish passersby while trying to not give away her real identity as a Hollywood star.
Seeing Scarlett Johansson Naked Got Under My Skin
Jonathan Glazer's third film, the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin , is unique. Mostly in that it's a challenging experience for audiences — from its lack of decipherable dialogue to complete disregard for answering the societal questions it poses. The former music video director devoted nine years to adapting Michael Faber's novel by the name name into the film that was released in early April. And clearly, hard work pays off — as Under the Skin , which stars Scarlett Johansson , had an impressive opening weekend in limited release. But what's even more impressive and, to be honest, refreshing about Glazer's film is how it presents full-frontal nudity.
There is something very levelling about seeing a major Hollywood star walking past Primark. Yet, there she is, in her latest film, in a pair of stonewashed jeans and a fake fur coat, walking down a busy shopping street in Glasgow and, well, blending in. She looks normal.