Scarlett Johansson has defended her decision to show full frontal nudity in her new movie Under The Skin.
The actress is seen fully naked but heavily blurred in stills from the movie, which have been setting message boards alight across the web.
The stills have been quietly released amid an undergound viral marketing campaign driving traffic to a site promoting the low-budget sci-fi movie, adapted from a Michel Faber novel.
And Scarlett has defended her choice to go nude in the movie, saying it had a ‘lot of intention behind it’.
‘The nudity is written in to the script and I hope the audience agrees that it’s, you know, it’s not really indulging,’ she told MTV.
‘It’s almost like biological in a weird way, I think, and there is a lot of intention behind it.’
And she admitted she did feel self-conscious before the filming.
‘You know I’m not a nudist by nature so of course you feel self-conscious about it beforehand.
‘But it actually allowed me to realize and explore what kind of judgments I had about myself because I had to abandon those and really see myself as blank sort of slate and it was an interesting exercise for sure.’
Along with the chatter generated by the ‘leaked’ nude pictures of Scarlett, a viral marketing campaign is also picking up interest in the film.
Rather than splashing out on big billboards, the marketing team have placed enticing adverts in the ‘personal section’ of Craigslist sites.