I awakened this morning with the actor Colin Farrell unexpectedly on my mind; a hard but not necessarily difficult start to the day. Itâ€™s been a while now since news of his alleged sex video with a former girlfriend made the rounds, and like the Tommy & Pamela, or Paris clips that preceded his, my on-line priorities didnâ€™t change as a result. (Mind you, I might have been more inclined to pursue something had one of the dozens of e-mails I received about it been from a trusted source.)
But while his private affairs are of little concern to me, his privates are seemingly another matter. And yes, there is a difference.
During a test audience screening of the 2004 film, â€œA Home at the End of the Worldâ€ (a rather dull adaptation of Michael Cunninghamâ€™s beautiful novel, but with a sweetly sexy and vulnerable performance from Farrell), a post-shower full frontal nude shot of the Irish stud was met with blush-inducing gasps from female members and squirm-in-their-seats, look-away-from-the-screen discomfort from the (clearly straight) male participants.
The reaction to the scene was so strong that when the film was released the â€œFull Farrellâ€ became half of that with only the upper half of his naked body on display. Even the DVD version excludes the original cock footage of the scene (with â€œfootageâ€ apparently being the operative word here).
With the haunting omission of the controversial meat shot, two questions plague me: Why all the fuss over a part of the human anatomy? And more importantly, why the hell couldnâ€™t I have been part of that lucky test audience?
Sure, I may not have any interest in watching the actor get it on for real (particularly if itâ€™s with a woman) but to be denied a legit glimpse of the final piece to my fantasy puzzle reeks of discrimination given the amount of female flesh effortlessly on display in film with rarely a brow raised. It just isnâ€™t fair; or in this case, Farrell.
For more on Colin Farrell, check out either http://www.colinfarrell.org/ or http://www.colinfarrellfansite.com/. Those looking for something a bit more revealing can pay Male Celebrities a visit, a site claiming to be the â€œexclusive distributor of Colinâ€™s Sex Tapeâ€after the lawsuit has been settled.
That day canâ€™t come soon enough.