Sad news, gang! At 70-years-old, acclaimed actress Helen Mirren says she has retired from doing Nude Scenes in movies. At this late stage in life, she has decided that the only one who gets to see her bare breasts is longtime husband Taylor Hackford. After appearing in the buff in a number of different projects over the years, why this sudden change of heart? It's simple, as the actress explains.
"That's the good thing about getting older, you don't have to do that sort of thing any more. My pleasure pillows are purely for my husband."
This news comes at a time when Helen Mirren is still being voted one of the sexiest woman in her native homeland of Britain. And that's despite the actress being a septuagenarian. She is most infamously remembered for going nude in the X-Rated 1979 sex fest Caligula, which also starred such iconic and classic actors as Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud and Peter O'Toole. The film itself shocked audiences with its numerous raw sex scenes, earning a reputation as one of the most controversial films of the 21st century. Perhaps it would be considered tame by today's standards.
Helen Mirren went topless for a calendar in 2003 at the age of 58. She then posed completely naked for a photo shoot in New York magazine in 2011, at the age of 66. While she has never minded stripping bare, one incident did bother her. She was photographed off screen while on break in Italy in 2008. She wasn't naked, but wearing a red bikini. Despite looking stunning at the age of 62, she would later say that the photos in question will 'haunt her forever'.
Helen Mirren inadvertently gave her chest a now iconic nickname a while back. While being interviewed alongside Alan Cumming, she referred to her two breasts as 'pleasure pillows', revealing that's how she refers to them when speaking to her husband. Of course, the nickname stuck. Asked if she's ever had a problem appearing nude, the actress had this to say, comparing her classic film Caligula to Game of Thrones.
"I have, but you know, I thought, does it really matter? It seemed to be not a thing not to get your knickers in a twist over. I was doing nude scenes from the first moment I started doing movies. It was the era. I guess it's even more so now. When I did the Caligula it was: 'Shock, horror, XXX, only in porn cinemas'. Now, Game of Thrones at eight o'clock is everything we did in Caligula..."
Helen Mirren doesn't remember the last time she went nude in public, but guesses it was for the 2011 New York Magazine shoot. In the U.S., the Dame's breasts have become so beloved, that they even got their own Saturday Night Live skit. When asked how she feels about having such 'legendary' breasts, she claims to have no knowledge of their so-called status saying there are, "much more legendary boobs than mine."
On Mr. Skin, a site devoted to celebrity nudity, Helen Mirren is a Hall of Famer. She first appeared nude in the 1969 movie Age of Consent. And she would doff her clothes in at least 16 more movies after that. Her most iconic nude scenes can be found in 1981's Excalibur and 1990's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. She last went topless in the 2010 movie Love Ranch starring opposite Joe Pesci and Bryan Cranston. What do you think? Are you sad to see Dame Helen Mirren retire from nude scenes?