What's the big deal with Billy Crudup's — or an imaginative computer's — jumblies on display in the new antisuperhero flick Watchmen? Crudup plays Dr. Manhattan, a Curacao-blue nuclear mutant with an aversion to clothing. Would you wear pants if you were a godlike being? Alan Moore's graphic novel made Doc uninhibited, although frontal nudity from Hollywood is typically female. Watchmen lets it all hang out — motion-capture animated and likely enhanced — in what may be the most prolonged exhibitionism ever in a movie without a chance of being raided. However, Dr. Manhattan's privates aren't the first famous naughty parts seen on screen. Here are some full-frontal males in movies. And these weren't tinted blue.
Richard Gere: American Gigolo — Credited as the first major male star to go full monty in a movie.
Harvey Keitel: The Piano and Bad Lieutenant — The joke in the 1990s was that an independent film wasn't truly indie without showing Keitel's genitalia.
Jason Segel: Forgetting Sarah Marshall — Funniest breakup scene ever.
Ewan McGregor: The Pillow Book, Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam — Before going to George Lucas' dark side, Obi-Wan's light saber was everywhere.
William H. Macy: The Cooler — No shrinkage here.
Bruce Willis: The Color of Night — Look for the director's version and the swimming pool scene that didn't make the final, um, cut. Then guess why.
Kevin Bacon: Wild Things — There's a six-degrees joke that I know I'm missing here.
Jaye Davidson: The Crying Game — Come on, you didn't guess it. One of two Oscar-nominated flashes on the list, with . . .
Viggo Mortensen: Eastern Promises — My wife's favorite fight scene ever.
The fat guy in Borat — His name is Ken Davitian, and whatever they paid him wasn't enough.
Honorable members: Mark Wahlberg's prosthetic pride and joy in Boogie Nights, the guy offering a beer in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and "Jame Gumb" in The Silence of the Lambs, proving that when it comes to nude scenes, showing less is more.
Steve Persall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8365. Read his blog, Reeling in the Years, at blogs.tampabay.com/movies.