Michelle Williams, the wife of the late actor Heath Ledger, recently had some steamy and revealing sex scenes in her film "Blue Valentine." When asked about the emotional exposure of shooting her scenes with physical exposure, Williams, 30, said, "I had gained some weight, and the pudginess I was feeling was almost like a costume, so it didn't really seem as if I were nude but some other person was. All that extra flesh ironically made me feel less nude."

My New Year's resolution was going to be to lose weight, but I just didn't want to feel so darn naked all the time.


A recent justification of appearing nude in a film really stretched the boundaries of common sense.


Michelle Williams, the wife of the late actor Heath Ledger, recently had some steamy and revealing sex scenes in her film "Blue Valentine."


When asked about the emotional exposure of shooting her scenes with physical exposure, Williams, 30, said, "I had gained some weight, and the pudginess I was feeling was almost like a costume, so it didn't really seem as if I were nude but some other person was. All that extra flesh ironically made me feel less nude."


That just makes no sense.


As a guy who gained some weight for a role in a movie that apparently I am still waiting to shoot, I think when I have fewer clothes on, I feel even more naked than I would if I were thinner. My extra stuffing certainly doesn't make a very good costume.


I wonder at exactly what body mass index Williams believes a person can be truly nude. Do you have to be a fitness expert to be naked? Should fat people be kicked out of nudists camps for being overdressed?


It's a tough call.


Williams' true rationalization is probably more closely tied to a desire to be considered a serious actress.


In the past two decades, only one woman who has won the Oscar for Best Actress has not appeared unclothed in a movie. However, many of the top actresses at the box office have been able to maintain both their waistlines and their attire - at least while on camera.


The idea is that more serious roles tend to call for women to bare it all to add to the realism of the project. Those who don't disrobe are seen as less serious actresses.


I think Williams' assessment of why her body wasn't really on display is probably more rationalization than explanation.


She should have just said she did it to win an Oscar.


The joys of fatherhood


As kids go, my son has made being a father pretty easy. He's still a normal kid with normal idiosyncrasies but for the most part he makes parenthood pleasant.


But he can really test my patience in one area. He reacts poorly to irrational fear.


When he was five, he had his tonsils removed. He tried to be brave but when they started to put him under he got scared. That's when the nurses held him down while the mask was applied for anesthesia.


Did I mention he tends to be claustrophobic and this incredibly mild-mannered boy will fight you like a UFC champion if you try to restrain him physically?


That's probably an important thing to know because when he woke up in recovery and saw those same women in surgical masks he lost it. We found him standing in his bed taking a swing at anyone who tried to calm him down.


Obviously, this event wouldn't be isolated.


Now when he goes to the dentist, he gets very nervous. Last year, his mother took him to the dentist to get a sealant applied to his teeth. When he saw the hygienist and the syringe-like device that would be used to apply the sealant he got so worked up he had to leave the office.


When I took him back to the office later in the day, he was able to suck it up. He always tries to act tough for dad.


He made it through the procedure and realized he had nothing to fear.


That lesson didn't seat itself very deeply in his psyche because when it came time for a small filling this week, we relived the event.


We tried to take precautions. I even went the first time to try to evoke his tough little fella act.


No such luck.


He was fine until the chair reclined. Then the crying and huffing started and there was no chance of filling a tooth that day.


Dr. Rob Colt was so patient and even showed him how everything would work. It helped but Dr. Colt decided it might be better to take another shot at the procedure in a few days.


I tried to stay patient. I said I tried to stay patient. I didn't say I actually remained patient.


By the time you read this, he will have that filling.


I try to remind myself that he operates better within comfort zones. The second time in the chair will feel more comfortable to him and he'll probably be just fine.


But that doesn't always fit my busy schedule very well and sometimes in being very busy, I forget that who he is and how he works. I try to force him to act like me and make things work how I need them to when I need them to.


Darn it! I hate it when I lose out on the Father of the Year before Jan. 5.


Oh, well, there's always 2012.


Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.