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Game Of Thrones Star Lena Headey Slammed For Using Body Double For Nude Walk Of Shame

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Game of Thrones star Lena Headey was criticized by fans for using a body double for Cersei’s nude Walk of Shame. (Photo: YouTube/Celebrity Health Fitness)

“Games of Thrones” star Lena Headey was reverse slut-shamed by critics who slammed her for using a body double for Queen Cersei Lannister’s nude Walk of Shame on season 5 of GOT.

Headey, who was pregnant when the scene was shot, said she was “shocked” how negatively fans reacted to her use of a body double.

“Some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my tits out,” Lena told Entertainment Weekly. “It was really a bit shocking. I’ve done nudity. I’m not averse to it.”

Headey explained: “I’m a very emotional actor and I get really driven by that. In order to do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable. And the thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be, I think I would feel very angry.”

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Rebecca Van Cleave was Lena Headey’s body double in the infamous naked Walk of Shame scene. (Photo: YouTube/Celebrity Health Fitness)

Game of Thrones producers used CGI (computer-generated imagery) to digitally place Headey’s face on top of body double Rebecca Van Cleave’s naked physique.

In the scene, a humiliated Cersei is forced to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing to atone for her crimes (see NSFW video starting at 2:06).

The brutal scene took three days to film, and Van Cleave said it was difficult. “It was one of the scariest, most wonderful, most gratifying experiences I could have imagined,” said Van Cleave.

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Fans criticized Lena Headey for using a body double for Cersei’s Walk of Shame, saying the CGI made her head too small for the body.

The scene was slammed by fans, who said the CGI head was too small for the body, and looked fake.

Others said the scene was not authentic because Lena Headey had used body double instead of walking naked herself.

“I feel cheated,” one fan commented. “They used CGI on Cersei’s head for this scene. She had a body double.”

Another remarked, “In the book Song of Ice and Fire, Cersei’s body had visible signs of motherhood stretch marks, sagging while Lena Headey used a CGI body double. Come on.”

When asked how the humiliating Walk Of Shame affected her character, Headey said it has only made Cersei even more dangerous and vindictive.

“I don’t think she’s found any humility,” said Lena. “She’s even more self-preservatory. She can’t believe that happened to her, of all people. It’s fueled her desire for power and her desperation to prove that she’s somebody worth considering.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ is a fantasy TV series based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling book series, ‘Song Of Ice and Fire.’

Headey said Season 6 will be an interesting one for Cersei in many ways.

“It’s probably her most interesting season – because now she really has nothing to lose and she has everything to gain from a horrible position she finds herself in,” said Lena.

“Game of Thrones” is based on the bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, who’s a producer, creative consultant and scriptwriter on the hit HBO television series.

Season 6 of Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.

Related: Emilia Clarke demands more male nudity on Game of Thrones



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