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Paula Patton '2 Guns' Role Blurred By All the Talk About Her Tits

Suggested Going Braless to Make Scene More Natural

Paula Patton stars as a tough DEA agent in '2 Guns.'

Paula Patton stars as a tough DEA agent in ‘2 Guns.’

Paula Patton landed one of those rare roles for a Hollywood actress. She plays a tough, empowered female DEA agent in Baltasar Kormakur’s movie “2 Guns.” So why, as she makes the promotional rounds, does everyone seem so focused on her tits?

During a love scene with co-star Denzel Washington, the 37-year-old actress appears topless. She described her character as “raw and courageous” but with “a vulnerable side.”

The big surprise is that it was her idea to go bare.

That was enough to open the floodgates. Her breasts became the subject of countless interviews and Internet articles, all but overshadowing the other interesting facets of her character.

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The “Today Show’s” Savannah Guthrie at least tried to follow the script. Her first question was about bringing a “strong feminine flair to the old boy’s club.” But then she went for the titillation (no pun intended).

“Gotta ask ya Paula, there’s a steamy sex scene in there with Denzel, a little topless,” she said. “I hear this was your idea.”

Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried Talk Going Bare On-Screen (video)

“The sex scene was not my idea,” Patton replied. But the topless part, her first in a movie, was.

“The conversation we have takes place after we made love. But I thought, that is one of my pet peeves when you watch people in bed and they’ve got their bra on in movies. It feels more natural to me that I’d have no top on because we’ve been lovers for awhile.”

After she cleared it with her husband, Canadian-American recording artist Robin Thicke, she told Denzel and Kormakur she would be doing the scene without her bra. “I surprised Denzel and the director quite a bit.’Yeah, no I won’t be wearing a top,'” she said she told them.

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In a later segment, “Today’s” Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb giggle like school girls when the subject came up. And, Kathie Lee kept making this immature “wink-wink” gesture during the discussion, a reflection of our national mentality about nudity.

In Europe, nudity is much more widely accepted in movies, advertising and other media, so it rarely rises to the level of national debate in situations like this. As Paula said, being topless was natural and added credibility to the scene. But the media is fixated on voyeurism instead.

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Scholars might argue that this whole obsession with nudity is related to the nation’s roots in Puritanism blah, blah, blah… but frankly sex sells.

The problem is when television shows like “Today” give giggling, frat-boy treatment to a 30-second topless movie scene, it tends to set the national media agenda.

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The show’s limited airtime would have been better spent discussing the continuing problems actresses face finding meaningful roles in Hollywood, so they don’t have to show their tits just to get attention.

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