The White Lotus on HBO, which recently wrapped its first season with a big finale reveal, treated viewers to a satirical commentary on social issues like white privilege with its ensemble cast. The guests, played by comedy vets including Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon, arrived at the White Lotus resort in Maui under myriad circumstances, but what Steve Zahn’s Mark Mossbacher was going through seemingly forced the actor to expose a big part of himself.
Experiencing a testicular-cancer scare in the first episode of The White Lotus, Steve Zahn’s Mark gave his boys a look, and — penis in hand — asked wife Nicole (Connie Britton) if she thought his balls appeared unusually large. I’d imagine it would take some testicular fortitude to go full-frontal for that amount of time (long enough for scrutiny), and while Zahn confessed to The Wrap that it wasn’t actually him and his penis in that scene, he did get to sign off on the prosthetic he used, saying:
"That'll do," is the mightiest of responses for that kind of situation, no? But I digress.
Two hours in the makeup chair, though? I’d be interested to hear about that experience from the body double! Steve Zahn might have been more intimidated by the time-consuming process of applying the prosthetic, rather than the nudity itself. The actor has embodied many goofy, often-stoner roles in movies and TV shows like Reality Bites, Treme, Strange Wilderness and Out of Sight, and has partaken in his share of on-screen nudity — at least from behind. When asked why the body double didn’t just shoot the scene au naturel, Zahn said he was the wrong person to ask, given his background.
I’m sure Steve Zahn’s fans over the years would beg to differ. The longtime comedic actor joined the rest of The White Lotus cast in bringing a biting hilarity to the overarching darkness of the series in a way that doesn’t work for every show. Not unlike the way showing prosthetic dongs doesn't work for every show.
The White Lotus’ entire first season is streaming now on HBO Max, and the network has already announced a Season 2 for the anthology series, which will follow a new group of vacationers at a different White Lotus property. If you’re looking for something new after you’ve finished The White Lotus, check out more of HBO Max’s original series, and be sure to stay up to date on all of the upcoming fall premieres with our 2021 Fall TV Schedule.
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