The Jessica Alba nude scene in Machete that had the Internet buzzing for weeks turns out to be an entire work of fiction. Midway through the film, Alba’s character Yvetta Sartana is seen taking a shower after a stressful day of work, and a side view is given of the actress. In the film, it is portrayed that Alba is completely nude, and that he characters has no shyness that would cause her to cover up. In reality, though, it turns out that Alba is extremely proactive in not doing nude scenes on film, and they had to work out a way for her to be in the scene, but not actually show her naked.
According to Daily Mail, Alba was filmed while wearing white underwear in the shower, and then the filmmakers had the clothes digitally removed. It was just one more of the things they did to alter her image in the shower, and it was something that worked extremely well at fooling fans who saw the movie.
Just seeing Alba’s scene in the shower, it does appear that she is indeed nude, and this was a secret that they could have kept for a long time had the actress not revealed what had taken place. Now a debate is raging about the ethics of doing something like this in film, as well as if it’s a dishonest presentation of an actress.
There are definitely two sides to this issue, with the first being that Alba absolutely did not want to do any nude scenes in the film. That’s fine for an actress in a role like this, but director and writer Robert Rodriguez apparently wanted nudity in the scene, and worked with Alba to make it shown that way on film. If she had not been nude in that scene, it wouldn’t have taken anything away from the movie, and maybe that is more what people should be focused on. Nudity wasn’t an integral part of that scene, and taking it out wouldn’t have hurt anything. So why did Rodriguez want it in there? Let’s just call it his own personal artistic flair.
What some moviegoers might not enjoy is the feeling of being “duped” here. It was very clear that Rodriguez and Alba wanted the audience to believe she was naked, even if she wasn’t even close to it. Would those same fans be more upset if they also learned that they also digitally altered other parts of Alba’s body in that very scene? Maybe people should give a lot of credit to the CGI industry for making a fake scene like this even possible, but it does skirt the line of ethics when it comes to the portrayal of an actress on film.