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Old October 7 2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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Re: Chest hair: Kirk v. Spock

^ I doubt they "made" him do it. Then, as now, many men thought they looked better that way. Personally, I think it's a bit silly.

As for why Spock was rarely shirtless, the yellow makeup would have taken forever.
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Old October 7 2012, 08:11 PM   #17
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Eh, I heard somewhere that the first few times Shatner shaved, he complained because it itched so badly. And to get that perfectly smooth sheen, it had to have been a pretty intensive process.

It's a good point about Spock being rarely shirtless, though. While the makeup issue is probably correct, I think his constantly being clothed also adds to two important traits: his alien-ness/mystique of the unknown, and his discomfort in being himself. By keeping his body literally under wraps, he distances himself from others and shows that he is not at peace in his own skin. It fits perfectly.
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Old October 7 2012, 08:18 PM   #18
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Re: Chest hair: Kirk v. Spock

I love body hair on a man!
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Old October 7 2012, 11:52 PM   #19
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Re: Chest hair: Kirk v. Spock

Not me. I like the smooth chest look. But you are what you are, waxing your chest seems pretty ick.
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Old October 8 2012, 12:07 AM   #20
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Not me. I like the smooth chest look. But you are what you are, waxing your chest seems pretty ick.
Smooth chest is pretty attractive. I'm biased; my boyfriend is Chinese, so he's naturally (nearly) hairless, but even if he had a full chest carpet, I would never ask him to get rid of it - too painful and too much work. Waxing opens you up to a lot of infections, too.
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Old October 8 2012, 12:11 AM   #21
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Re: Chest hair: Kirk v. Spock

Now when the hair covers the back and shoulders..

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Old October 8 2012, 12:13 AM   #22
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Now when the hair covers the back and shoulders..

:: prepares the linen strips ::
Oh, agreed! That's another story entirely... :P
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Old October 8 2012, 12:19 AM   #23
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I knew I had met the woman of my dreams when she said she thought I would look odd if I waxed my backhair.

I know. TMI. But I tried that once, and getting stabbed hurt less!
Good thing my idol has always been Wolverine.




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I think his constantly being clothed also adds to two important traits: his alien-ness/mystique of the unknown, and his discomfort in being himself. By keeping his body literally under wraps, he distances himself from others and shows that he is not at peace in his own skin. It fits perfectly.
Nice point.
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Old October 8 2012, 12:40 AM   #24
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Re: Chest hair: Kirk v. Spock

Are we sure they didn't let Nimoy take off his shirt because Shatner wanted to be the only shirtless one?
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Old October 8 2012, 04:10 AM   #25
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emergencyfruit wrote: View Post
It's a good point about Spock being rarely shirtless, though. While the makeup issue is probably correct, I think his constantly being clothed also adds to two important traits: his alien-ness/mystique of the unknown, and his discomfort in being himself. By keeping his body literally under wraps, he distances himself from others and shows that he is not at peace in his own skin. It fits perfectly.
That makes a lot of sense.

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Are we sure they didn't let Nimoy take off his shirt because Shatner wanted to be the only shirtless one?
Well, there was Sulu that one time. (Or was it a couple times?)
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Old October 8 2012, 05:13 AM   #26
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Re: Chest hair: Kirk v. Spock

Once.

But hairless and oiled!
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Old October 8 2012, 05:46 AM   #27
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Once.

But hairless and oiled!
Or rather, Japanese and sweaty. But once he set the standard, maybe Shatner couldn't back down from the challenge! :P
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Old October 8 2012, 05:48 AM   #28
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I think they probably oiled him to make him look sweaty
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Old October 8 2012, 05:57 AM   #29
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I think they probably oiled him to make him look sweaty
True, actually - I just looked back through some of the pics, and you're right, there was definitely some extra gloss going on. Well, good to know that whatever your tastes, there's a man on the bridge to meet it - young or mature, slender or muscular, slick-chested or rugged...
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Old October 8 2012, 05:59 AM   #30
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Yes, it's a smorgasbord!
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