October 18, 2007 12:52pm
Article from: News.com.au
- RealDolls move from the bedroom to the big screen
- Bought by "older men with disposable incomes"
FLESH-LIKE, anatomically correct sex dolls that are usually reserved for the bedrooms of lonely men have made it onto the big screen.
Bianca, a freckle-nosed "RealDoll", featured in the film Lars and the Real Girl - a comedy about a lonely introvert played by Ryan Gosling, and the silicone object of his affection - Bianca. Lars prefers to hang out with Bianca rather than date the real thing.
Bianca is made from soft silicon that took two days to "cure" to create a flesh-like feel. She has a jointed skeleton that "moves in the same places people move", Associated Press reported.
Bianca is similar to the 400 dolls that will be made this year to become lovers, photo subjects or companions to lonely people. The dolls can cost up to $6500.
Abyss Creations spokeswoman Bronwen Keller said doll owners tended to be older men with disposable incomes.
"The dolls take about 80 hours to make and range in height from 4'10" to 5'7" and weigh 75 to 115 pounds," she said.
"There is also a male doll, 'Charlie', who stands 5'8" and weighs 130 pounds."
Rob McKay, 55, a writer who has not had a girlfriend since 2001 and owns two dolls called Lily and Eden said they were a "balm for loneliness or aloneness".
"Even though she's not a breathing person, psychologically you feel like someone is with you," he told Associated Press.
McKay and other doll owners, who share their stories and photos online at DollForum.com compare the life-size ladies to "teddy bears for adults".
"That's where she's done the most good, reducing the feeling of solitude," Mr Mckay said.
"Just having her there to hug or just to have somebody close by, even thought it's not, obviously, a warm body."