Even before its release Robert Rodriguez’s highly anticipated sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For had caused controversy. The follow-up to his landmark 2005 adaptation of Frank Miller’s acclaimed graphic novels, the movie made the headlines in May when one of the posters released was banned by the Motion Picture Association of America. The picture, which featured French actress Eva Green in a thin gown that showed off the shape of her breasts, was targeted by the MPPA due to the ‘curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.’
Green, then who turned thirty-four in June, responded to the ruling in an interview with Vanity Fair, in which she explained ‘I find it a bit odd. It seems like it’s all just publicity – a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I’m not naked. It’s suggested.’
Sin City was not Green’s first experience of nudity in film, having appeared completely naked in her debut The Dreamers in 2003. Directed by Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, best known for the erotic classic Last Tango in Paris, the film included a threesome between Green and her two co-stars, Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel, Green performing a striptease to music and even a brief close-up of her vagina.
While perhaps best known for her role as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 2006 blockbuster Casino Royale, Green has since appeared nude in the TV series Camelot and the fantasy sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. This week Green appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in which the host asked about the controversy surrounding the suggested nudity in the poster and how no issue was made of her character holding a gun. ‘I don’t really get it. I don’t understand all the fuss,’ she admitted. Green did reveal, however, that initially she didn’t think that nudity would be required for the role.
‘It’s inspired by a graphic novel, so I was like, ‘No, oh my god, no no no. It’s impossible. I’m gonna wear a corset or some underwear.’ And the director, Robert Rodriguez, was like, ‘No no, you have to be naked. I will do it with taste and style,” she said. ‘And I knew that the first Sin City was rather beautiful. It’s kind of like a film noir, it is beautiful. It’s not vulgar, it’s not indecent. It’s cartoonish; it’s not real, it’s a fantasy. So I kind of embraced the idea. It’s not gratuitous for the character, she kind of uses her sexuality as a weapon. It’s part of her. So I went for it!’
Green, whose mother Marlène Jobert was an actress for over thirty years, also commented on the explicit nudity in her first movie and how her family felt about her taking off her clothes for the camera.
‘My mother’s an actress so she kind of understands. My father, my sister, they’re so shocked,’ said Green. ‘Because the first movie I did was called The Dreamers, by Bertolucci, and it had some risqué scenes. And my father was so shocked. I completely understand, so it’s as if it never existed, completely taboo in the family.’
The follow-up to 2005’s Sin City is not Rodriguez’s first sequel, having already established franchises around his Spy Kids and El Mariachi stories. A Dame to Kill For will be released in the United States on 22 August.