Star Trek Writer Sorry About That Underwear Scene

Alice Eve in bra, undies 'gratuitous,' Damon Lindelof admits

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 22, 2013 10:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – There's a scene in the new Star Trek movie in which a female character, played by Alice Eve, strips down to her underwear before donning a torpedo-disarming outfit. Cue uproar. It seems that fans felt the scene was completely unnecessary, and writer Damon Lindelof recently issued a sort of mea culpa. "I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress," he tweeted Monday, adding, "We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic [sic]. What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility, and will be more mindful in the future."

He also addressed the topic in an email to MTV. "Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance?" he wrote. "Well there's a very good answer for that. But I'm not telling you what it is. Because... uh... MYSTERY?"

Alice Eve poses for a portrait session at the Corinthia Hotel in London on Saturday, May 6, 2013.
Alice Eve poses for a portrait session at the Corinthia Hotel in London on Saturday, May 6, 2013.   (Photo by Richard Chambury/Invision/AP)
Damon Lindelof, left, joins, left to right, John Cho, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, and Chris Pine to answer questions about Star Trek.
Damon Lindelof, left, joins, left to right, John Cho, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, and Chris Pine to answer questions about "Star Trek."   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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