Jay Maynard - The great codpiece debate

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Friday, 7 May 2004


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1531 - The great codpiece debate

One of the biggest issues in the whole TRON costume thing - and possibly the big issue that catapulted me to prominence, in whatever form you choose to take that - was "Jay, wear a codpiece!"

I'd considered this during the construction of the costume, and looked at the movie and press kit, and decided that they didn't wear anything. The cover of the issue of Rolling Stone magazine with Jeff Bridges, about the making of the movie, is quite obvious that Bridges isn't wearing a darned thing. I decided that accuracy called for my not wearing anything either.

I finally got the 20th Anniversary Edition of the DVD, complete with supplemental disc with a making of feature (and a LOT of other stuff) on it. Of course, after poking through the pictures and such, I ran the making of video.

It turns out I was wrong. Not only did the men wear dance belts, they were a running joke on the set. "How's your dance belt today?" "A little tight." It seems the dance belts were a little undersized, and made sitting painful - so the actors didn't sit very much while in costume. (For those of you not familiar with the concept, a dance belt is a cross between a jockstrap and a thong. The idea is that it provides support and, hopefully, a bit of concealment, while being comfortable even in extremes of motion and having no visible lines when worn under tights. Properly sized and worn, it's quite comfortable, but it can be irritating, to say the least, if it's not just right.)

Had I known that, I would have worn a dance belt - after getting one made in the proper size, that is - from the beginning. (I did wear one for the Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance.) I refuse to speculate on how that would have changed the course of history, or even how that would have changed the course of my personal history.

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From:be4u
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Dance belts

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"How's your dance belt today?" "A little tight." It seems the dance belts were a little undersized, and made sitting painful - so the actors didn't sit very much while in costume.

Well it's kinda nice to hear that some guys have at least the slightest hint of what it's like to wear a push-up bra...they just wear theirs a bit lower :)
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From:jmaynard
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Re: Dance belts

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Somehow, I doubt the cause of the irritation is the same...after all, with the bra, the straps are not crossing a sensitive area.
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From:be4u
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Re: Dance belts

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Ohhhhh...I beg to differ! It's like having your boobies bound in a vise, and they are VERY sensitive!
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From:jmaynard
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Re: Dance belts

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That's not the sensitivity to which I refer. The difficulty is, specifically, with a dance belt and not with a jockstrap; the difference is in the single strap, rather than the two, in back and where that one strap goes.
From:firefira
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From:jmaynard
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Well, we'll never know...

I've seen mentions that my costume was posted to b3ta, but was never able to find it there. Got a URL?
From:natashasikorsky
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Have you looked at your web log recently, Jay? Do you pay for bandwidth? When b3ta linked to my LEGO church site it made the slashdotting seem pretty minor. Looks like the site has gone downhill since then, though, so maybe they don't have the readership anymore to send you the hoards they sent me.

Very cool costume, BTW. I would have said "greetings, program!" when I saw you at the con, but I figured that'd gotten old by then :-)

Amy
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From:jmaynard
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Has b3ta linked to me lately? They don't show up on my referrer logs. (Yes, I do look the Webalyzer stats over fairly regularly.) I do not have access to the logs from when the site was on ibiblio.org, so I don't know how many hits it got then.

I don't get many folks who say "greetings, program!", and it would be highly appropriate.
From:natashasikorsky
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The ibiblio link that is on b3ta re-directs to your site, so while your referer logs might not show b3ta as a referer you would still get the traffic.

BTW, I used to greet a few select friends "greetings, program!", which is, I suppose, why I thought of it and apparently others don't.

Amy
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From:deadly_touch
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I thought you looked just fine with or without...erm...crotch protection.

Don't worry about it. If you want to wear one with the costume, do; and if not, don't.
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From:fatalroxy
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HEY! how are you darling?

Have the people from ground kontrol talked to you?

DO YOU WANNA GET MARRIED????

er. at least for show?

i think people arre crazy, they're trying to get ME on the jimmy kimmel show now. pshh. CRAZY.

anyway. how are you? email me!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

roxy
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From:jmaynard
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Haven't heard back from the folks at Ground Kontrol.

Give the folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live a call. I think you'll be interested.

I'd email you, but I don't have your email address (it's not in your LJ user info). You can drop me an email at jmaynard at conmicro dot cx.
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From:angelle_n_brian
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I thought the costume was faboo! And to hell with those juvenile-minded folks who made "those" comments -- I give you tremendous credit for creating something so neat and sharing it!

Can't wait to see version 1.1 :) Keep up the good work!

Angelle

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