There’s been a real “will it happen?” aspect to Games of Thrones this season — both for deaths and nudity. Ever since the HBO series stated they were diverging from the book, it’s sort of an anything goes season.
And that includes the crazy scene where Lena Headey’s character Queen Cersei (SPOILER ALERT!) is stripped by the High Sparrow’s minions and made to parade through the streets, naked as a jaybird. Included in both the book and the movie, this scene would be a rough one to film anyhow, but for Lena Headey, it might just have been too much.
According to Reddit, who has known of this Hollywood trickery for eight months, Headey refuses to do nudity in the show. True to form, she’s one of the few actresses who hasn’t bared her private parts for the Game of Thrones cameras, despite having some intensely sexual relations with her brother. Incest yes, nudity no.
The detectives of Reddit, who hadn’t seen that post apparently, used all their deductive skills and advanced knowledge of Photoshop to point out just how obvious it was that Lena Headey’s head was superimposed on a stunt double’s body. Pointing out the extremely odd roundness of her head in certain scenes, Reddit user Whaucs provided proof to the internet that things are not always as they seem.
“It’s not hard when people are screaming at you and you look like shit and you’re being fucking humiliated to figure out how that would feel,” Headey said in an interview with EW. “There’s a part of you that’s fucking terrified. I can’t even imagine people wanting your blood. Cersei has done wrong, but she doesn’t really deserve this.”
While there has been mild outrage (you never know with the Reddit crowd), most are buying the explanation that Lena recently gave birth and didn’t feel “body ready” to bare it all on screen. Her many, many other nude scenes — including 300 — seem to support that.
Really they could have just read that aforementioned EW piece as it mentions the body double, but apparently nothing gets past Reddit when it comes to nudity.