When Matthew Rhys donned a prosthetic penis for his latest role as a prize-winning writer on HBO’s “Girls”, the actor mulled the decision of size over with real-life partner Keri Russell first.
The actress, who is also Rhys’s onscreen co-star in “The Americans”, recounted the awkward conversation during her appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday. “There was the whole thing where he got to choose his own [prosthetic penis],” she explained. “And he’s like ‘But this puts me in such an awkward position, like if I choose a giant one, people are gonna be, like, what a dick!’”
Instead of being burdened by the decision, Russell went on to reveal that Rhys simply let a crew member make the sensitive decision on his behalf.
“I thought it was great prosthetic work,” Meyers said, complimenting his final selection. “I’ve never seen it but it fit his personality.”
Rhys and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham previously discussed the body part in an interview last month, spreading the word through the New York Times, and assuring everyone that it certainly was not his real penis. “I just want to make sure that everyone knows that’s a silicone penis,” the actress said. “We’ve seen glimpses of penises in the show before, but this one was pretty overt. When we wrote it in, I remember Matthew said, ‘I just want to get an understanding of how we’re going to shoot this,’ and we were, like, ‘We’re not going to make you take out your nude penis. Don’t worry.'”
Rhys, meanwhile, supported Russell’s story by recalling the selection process for readers. “They asked me, ‘Do you want to pick your own prosthetic penis?’ Rhy said. “I said, ‘No. I’ll leave that up to you.'”