This is not the only time we’ve seen Catherine McCormack naked. It’s not the first Catherine McCormack nude scene, nor the longest, nor the most graphic, nor the most gratuitous. The reason I’m doing this micro post to cover the nude scene in 28 Weeks Later is because, as a shameless zombie movie fanatic (>inb4 the Infected aren’t zombies and 28 Days/Weeks Later aren’t zombie films), I’ve watched it a number of times, and in those number of times, I’d only picked up that there might have been a nip flash the previous time and confirmed that there were plenty of shots with nudity in what technically passes as a nude scene the last time.
OK, “plenty” is a bit rich. There are exactly two shots in which Catherine McCormack’s right nipple appear (we have yet to confirm the continued existence of her left nipple at the time of the movie’s production). But that’s still one more than I thought might be until relatively recently and two more than most people – myself included for most of the time since the film came out – realize. This is also the only nude scene in 28 Weeks Later, which deviates from its prequel, 28 Days Later, which includes the infamous shots of Cillian Murphy’s dick.
So how have they slipped in these shots of Catherine McCormack nude without it being obvious? Well, that’s the funny thing. It actually is quite obvious. Without dropping too many spoilers, Catherine’s character Alice finds herself stripped naked and hosed down in a standing shower by a group of soldiers, as one does. The scene lasts roughly half a minute, and in every single shot of her, she is wearing no clothes. Tactical camera work and positioning of props and body parts were used to cover up most of the explicit bits, but some did leak through. That said, I’m not going to attach the infamous Unscripted Nudity tag since the second of the two shots seems quite clearly intentional, even if the jury’s still out on the first. Again, not overly clear if you’re watching the movie for the story and not paying too much attention, but if you have keener eyes, and especially if you scrub through frame by frame, you’ll end up with the lovely gallery of Catherine McCormack nude in 28 Weeks Later below.