Are you familiar with all this controversy surrounding the scene of Alice Eve in her underwear in Star Trek: Into Darkness? Basically, there’s one scene where she strips to her underwear for… no real reason, but okay… which has prompted some criticism from fans. In an MTV Interview with Damon Lindelof, the writer of Star Trek: Into Darkness, the interviewer asked:
OK, down to the nitty gritty. I feel like I have to start with the biggest mystery/conversation that’s surrounded the film from the get go. Why is Alice Eve in her underwear at one point? Oh and also, let’s discuss your villain.
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?
Lindelof’s later apologized for the scene, and claimed:
“I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress. We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies, [but I] do not want to make light of something that some construe as misogynistic. What I’m saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future.”
J.J. Abrams was on Conan last night, and he talked about the scene, and said that, “Some people feel that I was exploiting her. While she is lovely, I can see their point.” So he gave us this clip of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower, presumably to exploit him as well.