Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi film, Under the Skin, is about an alien seductress who preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland. That alien seductress was played by Scarlett Johannson,a nd those hitchhikers were played by actual random men that ScarJo came up upon and basically asked, “Are you single?”
How’s that for a fun story to tell your buddies at the pub? “Yeah, I was just walking along, minding my own business when Scarlett Johansson drove up in a van and insinuated that she’d like to have sex with me.”
That is apparently exactly how it went down, according to Johannson in an interview with The Guardian, via I09:
A remarkable aspect of Under the Skin is that a lot of the people who appear in it aren’t actors. They’re normal people - who happen to be walking down a road minding their own business when a pretty lady pulls up in a van alongside them and offers them a lift to Tesco and then a film crew clutching disclaimers leaps out of the back.
At what point did Glazer tell you: “Oh yes, by the way, Scarlett, we haven’t really got any other actors. We’re just going to cruise the streets and find them”? “That happened later on. And none of us knew how it was going to work. We toyed with lots of different things like prosthetics, teeth, all kinds of things that would change my face but only slightly, when in fact there was no need to do any of that.”
The Daily Mail, again via I09, even had an account from one of the men who Johannson picked up:
A lovelorn workman has described the moment he thought he had ‘hit the jackpot’ when a beautiful brunette van driver stopped and asked him: ‘Are you single?’
Kevin McAlinden was completely unaware the siren was Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson disguised in a dark wig - and that he was secretly starring in her new sci-fi movie.
Father-of-two Kevin, 29, had recently separated from his partner when the actress drove up.
Last night, recalling his lucky day, said: ‘What man wouldn’t think, “Wow,” when a good-looking woman has just pulled up in a van and comes out with something like that within minutes?
‘She said: “Are you single? What are you doing tonight?”
‘I thought, “Yes! This is unbelievable!” I’d been having quite a tough time in my personal life, so this was like a lucky break. I should have known it was too good to be true.’
Meanwhile, I still barely know what’s going on in the trailer.