Category: full frontal

Full Frontal Nudity Harry Hamlin

I’ve posted about full frontal nudity so many times this past year I decided to read a book titled Full Frontal Nudity by Harry Hamlin. It’s memoir. It was pubbed a few years ago. Here’s the book description from Amazon:

IN 2008, as he attempted to enter Canada to film a television series, Harry Hamlin—the former star of L.A. Law and once People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive—was detained at the border for unresolved narcotics convictions. And so begins Full Frontal Nudity, a laugh-out-loud-funny memoir in which Harry digs deep into his past to recount the wacky experiences of his childhood, the twisted path that led to his alleged criminal behavior, and the series of fortuitous mishaps that drove him to become an actor.

Harry was reared in suburban California in the late 1950s by a gin-gulping, pill-popping housewife mother and a rocket scientist father with a secret life. On its surface, his childhood was not unlike his peers’, except that he was kicked out of the fourth grade for writing a book report on Mein Kampf and, when he was eleven, his parents gave him a subscription to Playboy for Christmas. Curious by nature, chock-full of boyish charm and good looks, Harry experimented with mystical religion and set off for Woodstock, only to narrowly avoid lighting the whole of Yellowstone National Park on fire. At eighteen, he was ready to matriculate at Berkeley and become the architect he always wanted to be. But fate—this time in the form of a large Hells Angel, a few purple microdots, and an evening in the tree houses of La Honda—got in the way.

I didn’t just read this because of the title. I’m not THAT shallow, I hope not anyway. Part of the reason I read this was because I’ve been a huge fan of Harry Hamlin’s since he starred in the film, Making Love, which was the first mainstream feature film…that I can recall…with a gay theme, gay characters, and a gay love story. I once posted about it here. At the time, the straight critics slammed it for reasons I still don’t understand today. Because it was not only accurate, it really did deal with two gay men and their personal circumstances in a realistic way. It was also the first time I’d ever seen anything on film…this includes TV…where the main characters were not hippy activists or extremely effeminate. These characters were two normal men who broke all the gay stereotypes then…and now. I had no idea at the time a gay man could be a doctor. I was so young when I saw this film it frightened me and at the same time sparked something deep inside of me.

And now Hamlin is playing a complicated gay character on the TV show, Shameless. Once again, he’s breaking the stereotypes in ways no one has done before and he hasn’t received an ounce of credit for this. But after reading his book, I don’t think he really cares one way or the other. And I say this because it looks as if he’s reached a point where the most important thing in his life now is spending time with his family, and getting to know his kids. I know that feeling well.

I’m not going into a detailed review deal here with the book. It’s not the sort of book that needs extensive analysis. Sometimes that’s a good thing, too. But I will say that I loved it. It did teach me a few things about Hamlin I didn’t know…many things. And, it made me laugh in more than a few places. In fact, from page one, where he’s forced to deal with an idiot in order to get a work permit in Canada, I started to smile. He also speaks candidly about his personal life, and reveals a lot of his thoughts which is something I don’t often see in memoirs. The writing style seems innocent, but by no means offensive. But I didn’t read this book to critique his writing and I didn’t expect Ernest Hemingway. While the book most likely won’t change your life, it will entertain you, and for me that’s always more than enough. Five stars, if I decide to post this on Amazon.

Bradley Cooper Nude Scenes; Erin Andrews Puts Rapper 50 Cents in His Place

We’ve been hearing so much about actor, Bradley Cooper, and the Oscars lately, I was curious about whether or not he’d ever done any nude scenes in films. In all honesty, I don’t know much about him or his films and I’ve never been a huge fan. He’s from the Philadelphia area and grew up in a Philly suburb not far from New Hope…Jenkintown…but I just never was drawn to any of his films.

But I’m always curious about the double standard in Hollywood with respect to women and men in nude scenes, especially with full frontal nudity. And male full frontal nudity is always the last place “they” will go.

I couldn’t find anything about full frontal nudity for Bradley Cooper, but I did find this link to a nude scene he did once.

He also did a gay sex scene in the 2001 film, Wet Hot American Summer. Check out the link for photos.

“I remember saying,” says Cooper, “‘What if we wear tube socks, and I’ll go up on the wall, and you’ll come from behind me.’ And I said in the scene, ‘Say my name,’ and Michael says, ‘Ben!’ And I say, ‘No! Say my Christian name,’ and he whispers, ‘Benjamin,’ and that’s when I came.”
But aside from nude scenes, there’s been speculation about whether or not Cooper is gay in real life. Here’s one link, here’s another, and yet another.

This gay “rumor” bothers me on several different levels. One, if Bradley Cooper is gay and he’s not ready to come out that’s his business. Period. Two, whenever the press starts a rumor about whether or not an actor or actress is gay there’s always a hidden meaning…as if there’s something wrong with being gay. And that’s what bothers me the most.

Erin Andrews Puts Rapper 50 in His Place

At the Daytona 500 this weekend, reporter Erin Andrews wound up in an odd situation with rapper, 50 Cents.

50 decided to show his appreciation for Andrews’ work, and, well, Andrews didn’t much dig it.

Not quite. It’s more than just that. 50 Cents went to hug and kiss Andrews and she put an end to THAT fast. From the way it looked, I think he was ready to tongue kiss her. You can watch it on the video here. And you can see how aggressive and insulting 50 Cents was to this young woman.

This is the sort of thing we see all the time and no one ever complains about it. A woman is doing her job, and someone like 50 Cents comes along and sexually harrasses her. Would he have attempted to kiss Ryan Seacrest that way? Would he have attempted to kiss any male reporter that way? I highly doubt it.

Frankly, I wouldn’t have been unhappy if Erin Andrews had hauled off and smacked him right in the face. Or, kicked him in the nuts. I’m so tired of seeing women treated this way. I’m also tired of the press making light of things like this.

As a side note, to give you more insight into 50 Cents, this is what 50 Cents tweeted when he arrived at the Daytona 500.

Earlier, 50 had surely raised the blood pressure of NASCAR officials when he arrived at Daytona and tweeted, “Damn I don’t see no black people lol.”

Now, that’s the kind of racist remark I absolutely despise, too. As an author I know how powerful words like that can be and I don’t take them for granted. We’re all trying to put an end to that brand of racism. It’s just not funny anymore.