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No King Lear nude scene for McKellen on PBS version of play

Ian McKellen says his on-stage King Lear nude scene is discreetly avoided in the upcoming public television version of the play.

Ian McKellen says his on-stage "King Lear" nude scene is discreetly avoided in the upcoming public television version of the play.

A public TV executive told a meeting of the Television Critics Association that the decision to forgo full-frontal nudity by McKellen was made by Trevor Nunn, director of the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company production that airs March 25. McKellen said audiences can be distracted when an actor or actress strips.

The British actor - who turns 70 this year - says cutting the nudity left the production's quality unaffected.

McKellen is perhaps best known for his roles in the "Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men" films.

 
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