Nude sunbather problem in 'About Time'

05:00 AM, Nov 06, 2013

Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson) and best friend Charlotte (Margot Robbie) are in the frame, but the nudists aren't, in a scene from 'About Time.' Murray Close, Universal Pictures/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Nude sunbathers are not something they warn you about in film school. But it was an issue writer-director Richard Curtis had to grapple with while shooting the romantic comedy About Time in Cornwall, England.

We had to shoot on the most remote beach we could find,” says Curtis. “But when we got there it turns out that, for the exact same reason we had chosen it, so had all the nudists in Cornwall. The beach was full of naked people.”

This led to some tactful camera pointing to shoot scenes in the romantic comedy about a time travelling Brit (Domhnall Gleeson) and his true love (Rachel McAdams), which opens nationwide Nov. 8.

There would be tender moments shot on the beach with the cast, which included Lydia Wilson, Margot Robbie and Bill Nighy. “But the truth of the matter is, just to the left of camera was the hefty paunch of a naked man,” says Curtis.

And the nude sunbathers were not shy about letting it all hang out for the camera. Curtis said he worked extra hard to make sure that nothing extra got into the frame.

It’s in the very nature of nudists for them not to mind being on camera. Thank God, you don’t see it,” says Curtis. “I don’t think we’ll even see it on the DVD extras.”