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Sarah Polley's new indie film Take This Waltz premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend, and co-stars Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams are enough to create buzz on their own. But Sarah Silverman, in a supporting role as the alcoholic sister of cookbook-author Rogen, has people talking for another reason.
Silverman (to Mr. Skin's creepy delight) acted in her first nude scene on screen, a shower scene also featuring Williams and other women. The remarkable thing about it is that, instead of losing weight, Silverman gained twenty pounds for the role. Silverman said:
"I thought, what have I got to lose? It's a body. I want to at least seem to be as comfortable with my body as I'd like young girls to think I am. What, am I going to, like, worry about losing parts to Megan Fox? I'm forty. It seemed like the right thing to do."
Polley (who came on the cinematic radar with the profoundly moving The Sweet Hereafter) was after "real bodies and real women" of various sizes for her rom-dram, according to Silverman, and thus the extra "lumpiness." She said, "So I actually gained twenty pounds for the role. I wanted to be lumpier. I said, 'Wouldn't it be interesting to have a posture of a lady caveman?' I'm really happy with that."
It's admirable that Silverman could discount her vanity like that, in the service of her "art." Let's hope the movie has enough to recommend itself that it's not solely remembered for being that one flick where Silverman was naked.