HBO’s miniseries “Big Little Lies” has fans hooked on the murder mystery. But in the second-to-last episode, which aired last night, a greater puzzle arose over the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance of Alexander Skarsgard‘s penis.
They all want to know: Was it real or fake? (Beware of spoilers below.)
Skarsgard plays Perry Wright, abusive husband to Nicole Kidman’s character Celeste. In the scene in which Perry’s penis is exposed, Celeste is getting ready for the opening night of “Avenue Q,” the community play that she helped her friend Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) get into production. Perry has come home early from a business trip to Phoenix to see the play with Celeste. They start to get a little frisky, however, when she tells him to cool it because they’ll be late, he whips out his penis. “God, that’s quite a trick,” Celeste says.
Perry, the abusive man-child that he is, gets angry. He violently grabs her hair, and she reacts by grabbing a nearby tennis racquet and slamming it into his nether region. The result, we find out in a proceeding scene, is a broken urethra in two places, and an even angrier Perry. “You’re lucky I didn’t kill you,” he tells Celeste when they return home from the hospital.
Skarsgard’s seemingly exposed penis brought fans into a flutter on Twitter, who expressed both shock and confusion:
NICOLE KIDMAN HIT ALEXANDER SKARSGARD'S PROSTHETIC COCK WITH A TENNIS RACKET THIS IS THE BEST SCENE IVE EVER SEEN
— em (@cxmathison) March 27, 2017
Some were, sort of, speechless — and assumed that the penis was fake.
I'm still shook from Alexander Skarsgard's prosthetic happy monday
— Ian Zelaya (@IanDavidZelaya) March 27, 2017
— Leah Gadallah (@LeahPelka) March 27, 2017
I was not expecting to see ALL of Alexander Skarsgard but woah #BigLittleLies
— Ty (@tymichaeljohns) March 27, 2017
Some were excited.
Alexander Skarsgard's dildo dick ???????????????????????????????????? @BigLittleLiesSP
— Alex Stypula (@AlexStypula) March 27, 2017
Ok Alexander Skarsgard ????????
— Chantal Strasburger (@Chantagold) March 27, 2017
And others — uncomfortable.
Omg they literally just showed nicole rubbing perry's penis like legit alexander skarsgard's penis and I am so uncomfortable
— veronica★ (@regaldarlings) March 27, 2017
But mostly, fans just needed to know:
— TheWalkingDread (@tLo_MA) March 27, 2017
Is that Alexander skarsgard’s real dick?
— Christian Chimchim (@swanye_west) March 27, 2017
– KFC (@KFCBarstool) March 27, 2017
TheWrap, in an attempt to solve the, ahem, big mystery, reached out to HBO and have yet to hear back on whether audiences saw Skarsgard’s real (or fake) penis.
HBO is known for not shying away from nudity. Skarsgard also showed his penis as Eric Northman on HBO’s vampire series “True Blood.” And in the current season of “Girls,” Matthew Rhys played a character who took out his penis for Lena Dunham’s character Hannah Horvath, but TheWrap confirmed that that part was indeed a fake.