Helen Mirren remembers this one movie as a nudist camp 18



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Remember when nudity was a rare and entertaining part of the movies, uncommon enough to be special and erotic when we saw it.  What movie do you remember Helen Mirren in that best reflects this… Could it be her favourite nude film?

We might not always remember now, but Helen Mirren has for decades been known for her extraordinary sex appeal throughout her career.  She’s been widely talked about for bringing together great acting with great looks yet described by some in terms like sluttishly erotic, called an amorous boa constrictor and many other hardly believable terms, almost unimaginable when you look at her accolades today.

So it is fun to hear her reflect on her career, and prove her humanity once again this week in an admission that acting in the nude was never easy.  “I was always afraid. Always,” she told People Magazine this week. “It’s not fun to be on a film set and be one of the only ones naked.”

But in this week’s discussions it seems Mirren is not embarrassed about all the good old days and is in fact quite proud of baring all in this one instance.   The 1979 historical film, Caligula was her favourite “nude” project, and she spoke about it very fondly.

She described the movie as “an irresistible mix of art and genitals” and talks about how the set worked.

“Everyone was naked in that,” the actress said to People Magazine with a chuckle. “It was like showing up for a nudist camp every day. You felt embarrassed if you had your clothes on in that movie.”

It was a highly sexual movie, originally not very well received by the critics, but as the years have gone by, it has found a cult following she is entertained by.

When Helen Mirren turned 70 she declared that she would no longer participate in on-screen nudity in her roles.  Hardly a big call for such a respected actress, but a cocky one nonetheless given how much she has used a little nudity in her entertaining career so far.

“That’s the good thing about getting older.  You don’t have to do that sort of thing any more. . . . [Now] my pleasure pillows are purely for my husband.”


Do you remember Helen Mirren for her early projects, eroticism or her more recent and award winning movies?  Let’s talk today… 

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  1. Years ago I watched Caligula because I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. Wow. I watched all of it and then threw it away. Not my kind of movie and I wonder how historically accurate.

  2. In ’81 with a group of mates in Sydney we tossed a coin to decide whether to go to the musical Evita or to the movie Caligula. We only knew about Caligula because Fred Nile’s nutters were protesting in front of the theatre. We saw Caligula. I wish we had gone to Evita; the only time I’ve ever agreed with Fred Nile. It wasn’t the nakedness; it was the obscene casual violence.

  3. Gee is this envy or what, I would love to be able to say that I have been able to work in my chosen profession for over 40 years, learn and become more relevent and have the opportunity to have better roles come my way.
    Have none of us done things in our youth that we would think twice about now, we grow and we learn, I say cudos to her for still doing what she loves, sorry that speaking honestly about her life demeans her achievements for older women.
    Caligula was the most depraved and violent Emperor to rule Rome, sorry the movie depicted this.The movie I remember her mostly for is Age of Consent starring James Mason filmed here in Australia and yes she was naked in that.I am 64 is this narrowness of thought what I have to look forward to as I get older.

  4. Phew! Its not just me. I really admire women like Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and so many other older women actors, just don’t have the same feeling for Helen Mirren.

  5. Helen Mirren is only one of the wonderful British elegant ladies of the acting world. She is brilliant in any of her roles.

  6. I just wish that I had started being ‘nude’ around the house and at a ‘clothing optional’ beach earlier in my life. As for someone stating that this is a ‘mental disorder’ to be nude, . . . we were ALL born that way and only forced to put clothes on because it is the social mores of the culture. Check LocalNudistSingle com to give yourself a better chance by meeting nudist singles who enjoys the same nudist lifestyle that you do!

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