December 11, 2016  

Helen Mirren Considered Breaking Her Leg to Get Out of Nude Scene

October 6, 2010 (6:30 am) GMT
The actress, who becomes known for stripping off onscreen, reveals that her first fully frontal nude film scene was a horrifying moment as she thought about harming herself to escape from it.

considered breaking her own leg in a desperate effort to get out of her first fully frontal nude film scene. The Oscar winner admits she was a mess the morning of her big reveal in Ken Russell's 1972 film "The Savage Messiah" and thought about harming herself to force the director to rethink the scene.

She tells WENN, "I played a bra-burning suffragette in the turn of the century. It's Ken Russell so it was pretty well out there. The day I had to do that nude scene, where I had to walk completely b**lock naked down a flight of stairs, was awful. It was early days and I was so mortified, embarrassed and unhappy about it."

"I remember that morning looking out of my trailer, this funky little caravan thing and wondered if I threw myself off the top step of the trailer I could manage to break my leg and not have to do the scene! I wouldn't like to do that today."

Mirren fast became known for stripping off onscreen - but she insists it isn't as easy as it looks, sharing "It's never comfortable. The best thing would be if all the crew took their clothes off too and then you'd feel fine but it's never comfortable to be the only one without clothes on."

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Watch: Louis Tomlinson Performs 'Just Hold On' in Honor of His Late Mother
  2. Jennifer Lawrence Apologizes to Hawaiian People for Joking About Sacred Rocks
  3. Tim Miller Opens Up on Why He Left 'Deadpool 2'
  4. Donald Trump Clarifies 'Apprentice' Rumors, Insists He Will Devote 'Zero Time' to the Show
  5. Tom Holland Enrolled in High School Under Fake Name for 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
  6. Kylie Jenner Awkwardly Gets Turned Down When Trying to Carry Tyga's Son King Cairo
  7. Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia Share Adorable 'This Is Us' Family Photos. See Who's Missing
  8. Ryan Reynolds Wants 'Deadpool' / 'Wolverine' Crossover to Happen