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    11 Actors Who Opted For A Prosthetic Penis, And 10 Who Were Like, “Nah, I’m Doing This For Real”

    "You're lucky there was a loin cloth because I didn't want one."

    Welcome to that special corner of BuzzFeed where we talk about nudity and penises. If you're here by mistake, now would be a good time to navigate away as today we're talking about on screen D.

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    We can all think of a time when an actor has bravely displayed his appendage in a TV show or film, but choosing whether to go with a specially made ~fake~ wang, or using what god gave you is a pretty big decision that will follow you for life.

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    And cause interested parties to write BuzzFeed posts about you.

    So, without further ado, allow me to present you with 11 examples of when an actor opted for a prosthetic penis, and 10 times they said "fuck it, let's do this for real"... or something to that effect.

    PLUS, the reasons behind their decisions (so this can be called "academic").

    1. For his role in Ratched, Finn Wittrock got to choose his prosthetic member from a box of dicks.


    "In Ratched I found my inner Dirk Diggler", Finn shared in an interview with SiriusXM. "I've done prosthetic noses and hands... but I didn't think I would ever be doing that". He also explained how Ryan Murphy himself came to set and assured him that the moment would be "very tasteful and very far away".

    Finn's Ratched co-star Sarah Paulson also confirmed the monster dong was fake, and was provided by makeup artist Eryn Krueger Mekash who allegedly keeps a box of prosthetic dicks in her garage.

    2. But when it came to full frontal nudity in Watchmen, Yahya Abdul Mateen II went ALL in.


    "Acting without clothes is a little like acting when you're exhausted", Yahya admitted in an interview with People magazine. "I studied the character beforehand, I did a few pushups, and then I took off the robe... [it] was very freeing." The actor went on to describe how he was actually very comfortable playing superhuman being Doctor Manhattan, which earned him a 2020 Emmy for Best Penis Outstanding Supporting Actor.

    3. Speaking of Dirk Diggler, probably the most famous fake movie peen of all time is Mark Wahlberg's in Boogie Nights.

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    Many film buffs will know that at the end of the 1997 film, porn star Dirk drops trou to reveal his massive meat whistle. In 2014, Mark recalled how he went to a prosthetic effects house and was made to stand around naked while props designers sculpted the prosthesis around him. "It was pretty embarrassing... I had to come out to the set and show everybody... [but] it's the only prop I've ever kept from a movie!"

    4. However, Chris Pine's wang in Outlaw King is 100% real Pine peen!


    Chris whipped his willy out for the historical action movie back in 2018, and commented at the time that even though the movie was filled with violence, people were most shocked by his nude scene. Classic.

    "It was very important to see this man who's going to have power be an animal", Chris said of the moment in the movie. "We're just base animals... Underneath the Emperor’s clothes is a muling, puking little kid who was once upon a time just rolling around in the mud... [that] was the idea behind the moment".

    5. I think it's safe to say that the world was buzzing over Adam Demos's shower scene in Sex/Life earlier this year. However, despite the back and forth, I think we need to accept that his trouser titan was actually fake.


    This is a tricky one because some sources allege it IS HIM, meanwhile Adam himself and series creator Stacy Rukeyser have been purposely vague on the issue. In this Newsweek article, however, a member of the prosthetics team for Sex/Life confirms that the legendary scene does in fact feature a prosthesis. So that's that.

    Also, I'm sorry, but if Adam Demos truly was THAT horse hung, wouldn't he be in the Guinness World Records or something?!

    6. But Jason Biggs said hell no to props when it finally came to baring his todger in American Reunion.

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    After all the breasts this franchise threw at us, it was about time the men stepped up and showed some skin! Jason seemed nonchalant about the whole thing when he chatted with MTV news – "[my penis] tested through the roof... It was the highest-scoring character in the movie. It scored a 97... [so] it went and got an agent."

    His co-star Seann William Scott was also pretty psyched that Jason would be going full-frontal in the film, commenting that "if they didn't show Jason Biggs' penis, I was out". Nice to see everyone rallying around this particular unveiling!

    7. Poor Will Poulter was fitted for a rather gross prosthetic when he played a teen in the midst of a genital-based allergic reaction in We're the Millers.

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    Kudos to Will cos this scene is hard to watch. Kenny is bitten by a tarantula which causes his balls to swell up, rather necessitating a gargantuan genital prosthetic. "[Putting it on] was a bit of a trial", Will told Metro back in 2013, "I got intimate with a very talented man called Tony who saw a lot more of me than what I care to show anyone else... I’m not sure it is that brave. I mean, it’s not exactly a tough day at the office".

    8. However, it ~really~ is Jason Segel's baloney in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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    Another renowned schlong scene comes from Jason Segel, who came up with the idea for his character to inadvertently flash his partner during their break-up himself. On set, Jason was anxious that his wiener look "normal" (read: big) so he would fluff himself up, shout when he was ready to Director Nicholas Stoller and co-star Kristen Bell, and then run out and do the scene. Sounds like a good time.

    9. Jonah Hill's masturbation moment in The Wolf of Wall Street features a large but very fake knob.

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    This moment – in which Donnie starts beating off to Margot Robbie's character at a party in front of tons of people – just feels too random not to be based on a real story. That aside, viewers speculated wildly whether the peen that was seen was Jonah's or not. The actor later confirmed it wasn't, saying that at the time "it was really funny... [but] I had to take it very seriously so that we got the appropriate response."

    10. 50 Cent criticised Power creator Courtney Kemp Agboh for including his "Magic Stick" in an episode without his say-so, but it was later revealed to be a publicity stunt.


    At first he was (rightfully) mad, and claimed that he wasn't informed by showrunners that you could see his junk in the episode. Then, months after Courtney publicly denied 50 Cent's allegation on Instagram, she revealed the whole thing had been a stunt to drill up publicity for the show.

    "People truly believed that he did not know his dick was going to be on camera. I couldn’t believe it! Do you know how long we had to prepare for that shot? ... 50 Cent is a brilliant marketer."

    11. Sex Education's Asa Butterfield was given a prosthetic pipe for scenes in which Otis is jerking off or has a boner.


    Otis's infamous car wank, and any scene in which he has a boner, required the use of numerous adjustments of a prosthetic penis. During filming, Director Ben Taylor would shout "engage boner", which became Asa's cue to take out the prosthetic penis in his pocket and put it under his jeans.

    Also, I'm pretty sure Adam's dick in Sex Education is a prosthetic too, but unfortunately there's nothing on the internet to prove that so I can't include it – impressive as it was.

    12. But Aaron Taylor-Johnson wasn't shy about doing nude scenes for A Million Little Pieces, in which we see his actual anaconda A LOT.

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    If you ever wanted to see Aaron's todger swinging around like nobody's business, then this is the movie for you. Shot over just 20 days by his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, the movie sees Aaron as real-life entrepreneur James Frey. Describing his approach to the role, Aaron said he had "no choice but to be guttural, instinctive, and present." I'll say.

    13. Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman both wore prosthetics for their adult sex comedy, The Overnight.

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    Describing the scene, the Parks and Rec actor said "one is supposed to be huge and the other is supposed to be very small" – in this case, Jason's was the bigger one and Adam's was the smaller.

    Apparently attaching them was "pretty businesslike" and they looked "real". On the actual experience of wearing them, Adam said, "it’s weird because, other than the prosthetic, I am naked. And the prosthetic looks real. So for all intents and purposes I am naked".

    14. But Paul Mescal showed some real skin in Normal People.

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    Now THIS is how you include nudity in a drama and make it feel organic and quite beautiful. Paul seems to agree, commenting that "it's something I'm incredibly proud of. I wouldn't like to have done the show without nudity in it because the book is so visceral and raw". The screenshots all over the internet, however, he could do without. (Sorry Paul!)

    15. In Vacation, Chris Hemsworth showcased an impressive and yet totally counterfeit baby maker.

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    Let it not be said that Chris doesn't like making a tool of himself – see also: Ghostbusters. In this movie, he plays an up-and-coming anchorman with a huge disco stick, who proudly walks in on couple Rusty and Debbie – played by Ed Helms and Christina Applegate – in the near nude.

    Writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein shared that preparing for the scene was "surreal" and that a hapless stand-in did a lot of the initial modelling. Once they narrowed down the options to an eight-incher and a ten-incher, Chris stepped in.

    Apparently, the Thor actor made the eight-inch prosthetic look "normal" (omg), so they went with the larger one. According to John, "Chris was playing with it and handling it... He was all for it and ready to do it".

    16. But apparently it doesn't take much convincing to get fellow Marvel star Sebastian Stan to reveal his rod.

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    Sebastian went full frontal last year, describing the process as "liberating". Of the extensive nude scenes, the actor said, "I knew we were trying to tell such an honest depiction of a relationship that we were going to be open to whatever that meant, as long as it remained truthful and made sense."

    Sebastian even joked on his Insta that he gave it his "all" in the movie (okay, you can look at this pic, but then you have to come back).

    17. Unlike his exploits on stage, Daniel Radcliffe preferred a prosthetic for his bathroom scene in Guns Akimbo.

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    If you saw Daniel in Equus, you'll know that he doesn't necessarily mind waving his willy around in front of an audience. However, for the 2019 action comedy where he runs around with guns glued to his hands, Daniel was given a prosthetic for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of "his" dick.

    Commenting on the prop itself, Daniel shared with MTV News that it was "very much a case of here's the one we have, we don't have another, you good?" Despite the quality of the prosthetic, he admitted that the penis shot was worth it for the film.

    18. Meanwhile, you kinda can't stop Tom Hardy getting his cock out on camera.

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    "You're lucky there was a loin cloth because I didn't want one", is what Tom had to say about some of his scenes in Taboo. The British actor is known for his physical candour on set, and has appeared nude in several titles including Stuart: A Life Backwards, Bronson, Colditz, and Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother.

    19. Rather hilariously, Joe Lo Truglio played a nudist in Wanderlust and showed us his John Thomas in all it's hanging glory – but it wasn't actually real.

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    Joe knows that people are gutted it's not really him in Wanderlust.  "I was mostly naked, I had a prosthetic penis", he shared on Conan. In order to feel more comfortable with the process, Joe actually hung out with the special effects supervisor of the film beforehand, and even got acquainted with the fake dick he would be sporting. That sounds bad – he just held it, nothing else.

    20. And finally, big up Ewan McGregor who seemingly has a nudity clause in his contract that ~requests~ he get his penis out if at all possible.

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    Of his ease with on-screen nudity, Ewan has said, "I'm not an exhibitionist – I'm just very comfortable being naked in movies because I think and I believe that movies reflect real life; I never thought that it was gratuitous."

    According to (largely NSFW) site OMG.BLOG, Ewan has gotten his pork sword out 16 TIMES – including in films such as Young Adam, Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, Fargo, and The Ghost.

    Let's have a round of applause for these guys for putting themselves out there in the name of art and entertainment – prosthetic or otherwise!!!

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    Were there any instances on this list that shocked you? Let us know in the comments!