Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway may claim that there isn’t that much nudity in their new romance/drama “Love and Other Drugs,” in which Gyllenhaal plays playboy Viagra sales rep Jamie who falls for Hathaway’s free-spirited Maggie, but given the publicity surrounding it — as well as their scantily clad Entertainment Weekly covers this week — we think there’s more to the story.
When MTV News caught up with the playful co-stars, we asked them if they realized how much they would eventually have to talk about getting nekkid.
“I really didn’t,” Gyllenhaal insisted. “I really, honestly did not think about that at all.”
“I didn’t either,” Hathaway added. “Because when you make a film, you don’t know what the film is going to be or how much of what you shot is going to be in it, and so to anticipate a reaction is kind of fruitless.”
“Plus, maybe I’m a little naive in thinking that the story trumps all the little naked presence,” Gyllenhaal offered.
“There’s not that much nudity,” Hathaway insisted. “I saw the film the other night, and we’d been talking to journalists for a couple weeks at that point, and when I saw it, I’m like, ’Why is everyone going on about this?’ It’s really such a small part of the film,” she said. “It’s almost like the media is conditioned to think of this as being a very big deal. I don’t think it’s a big deal, so I didn’t anticipate anyone else doing so.”
Gyllenhaal did admit that he and Hathaway strip down throughout the film, but that it really shouldn’t be the focal point.
“We are naked a lot, that is for sure. I don’t want to play it down either,” he said. “We are naked a lot more than you normally see in movies, but I think us taking off our clothes in the movie is the result of us knowing that we cared about the story and the story is important to us. The talk about being naked or having clothes off or how racy the scenes are, no matter how much we talk about it, we know what we’ve done we’re really proud of.”
“I just do it for the money,” Hathaway joked. “I don’t care about the story.”
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