No `King Lear' nude scene for McKellen on PBS
Ian McKellen said he's fine that the full-frontal nude scene he played on stage as King Lear is missing from an upcoming public TV version.
An actor who takes his clothes off can divert an audience's attention from the drama itself, said the British actor known for 'Lord of the Rings' and the 'X-Men' films.
'If it's a distraction of that sort, it's not worth the candle,' McKellen told a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Wednesday.
David Horn, executive producer of the 'Great Performances' series presenting the play for PBS, said he and Trevor Nunn, director of the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company production, made the decision to 'suggest' the nudity.
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#1 Jan 15, 2009
I am glad to see that the powers to be came to their senses and realized that it could still be a good production without adding the gratuitous male frontal nudity and continue the double standard.
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