Lindelof apologizes for Star Trek Into Darkness underwear scene

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May 21, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT (Updated)

If you were wondering why Carol Marcus got down to her skivvies in Into Darkness, turns out you're not the only one.

By now, even if you haven't seen Star Trek Into Darkness, you've no doubt seen the trailers, and that means you've seen actor Alice Eve in her underwear. And you might have wondered to yourself -- why? Was there some narrative purpose to her stripping down? Or are we just hoping to put butts in seats by showing off her lovely lady body?

Well that question was put to Damon Lindelof, and his answer ... well. See for yourself:

Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there's a very good answer for that. But I'm not telling you what it is. Because... uh... MYSTERY?

Now on its own, that is not the worst thing a writer/producer has ever said. But it also turns out that Eve was not the only actor to disrobe for the film -- she was just the only one to make it to the final cut. Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch was shirtless at one point, too. What happened? Take it away, Mr. Lindelof!

As for the shirtless scene... we scripted it, but I don't think it ever got shot. You know why? Because getting actors to take their clothes off is DEMEANING AND HORRIBLE AND...




If there was a bomb in the shape of angry people on the Internet (and isn't there always?), that is the way to set it off. Which is exactly what happened. Internet denizens let loose the sum of all their rage and hate upon Lindelof, as though he were some white whale, perhaps, and they a gathering of surly sea captains.

So what do you do in that situation? If you're Damon Lindelof, you apologize on Twitter and hope for the best.


What do you think? Was bra-and-panties-gate a big deal? And, if it was, does Lindelof's apology hold any weight with you?

(via Comic Book Movie)