The opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival kicked off in a big way with the premiere of “Outlaw King”, a historical drama starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Chris Pine’s penis.
Pine plays the renowned King of Scots, Robert the Bruce, in the Netflix film that tells the story of Robert’s war of liberation against the English. Early reviews have been lukewarm, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it “a grind,” while Variety says it “never quite compares to the many films it’s so keen to imitate.”
Taylor-Johnson did receive some praise for his performance as Scottish knight James Douglas but it was another Johnson that stole all the headlines — Pine’s family jewels.
“It’s a level of nudity you don’t often see from male movie stars, and quite frankly, it makes Justin Theroux look like Buffalo Bill,” writes Vulture‘s Nate Jones, who reveals that during a lovemaking scene with Pine and Pugh’s characters, the “camera lovingly lingers” on Pine’s butt before “unveiling the full majesty of his medieval bush.”
In a later scene, Pine’s character goes for a swim, stripping off his tunic and exposing “his royal todger to the world.”
Other critics took to social media to discuss this momentous occasion.
Pine spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the scene in question, with him joking: “It was very cold I remember, I was on the side of a major highway. What I find very funny is that there’s so much beheading in this, and yet people want to talk about my penis.”
In an interview with Cosmopolitan last year, the “Star Trek Beyond” actor argued for more nudity in movies, saying, “I think the way our society deals with nudity is so stupid.
“Whenever people are getting out of bed in a movie, a woman is covering her breasts and a man is covering his junk. That’s not real life! If you’re getting out of bed, just be naked. That’s what people do!”
“Outlaw King” is co-written and directed by David Mackenzie and also stars Tony Curran, Stephen Dillane, and Billy Howle. It premieres on Netflix November 9.