It's one of the strangest scenes in "Star Trek Into Darkness": With no explanation or motivation, USS Enterprise visitor Carol (Alice Eve) strips down to her blue underwear, whereupon James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) sneaks a peek.
Now, Damon Lindelof, who co-wrote the film's screenplay, is apologizing for the gratuitous sequence — sort of.
In an email interview with MTV, Lindelof was asked why the "Men in Black III" actress was obligated to show off her ripped body.
"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? Well, there's a very good answer for that. But I'm not telling you what it is. Because... uh... MYSTERY?," Lindelof wrote.
He said there was a scene written for Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) to remove his shirt, but "I don't think it ever got shot. You know why? Because getting actors to take their clothes off is DEMEANING AND HORRIBLE AND..."
Lindelof touted the MTV admission on Twitter, first saying, "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," and then joking, "We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic."
He followed that post with an apology for misspelling misogynist and by writing, "What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future."