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The Great’s Nicholas Hoult ‘had to play tricks on his brain’ to get through nude scenes

The Great star Nicholas Hoult has spoken about filming the period drama, saying he ‘had to play tricks on his brain’ to get through nude scenes.

The Channel 4 has made headlines for its high levels of nudity on-screen, with the not-quite-accurate tale of Catherine The Great beginning on Channel 4 last Sunday.

The comedy drama follows Elle Fanning’s Catherine, in the first days of her marriage to the sex-mad, foul-mouthed emperor Peter III, played by Nicholas.

The actor said he found one particular scene daunting to film, with the actor having to walk a long hallway ‘pretty much buck naked’.

Speaking to Guardian Weekend magazine, he said: ‘I remember reading the script and saying to [The Great creator Tony McNamara], “Aaaaargh… I’m not sure about this one.” Because that hallway is long and busy; the hallways are where people hang out and mingle in the palace.

‘We had a debate about how many supporting artists would come in that day. It was originally 70 people in the corridor. I said, “Can we get it down to about 30?”’

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Nicholas Hoult as Peter, Emperor of Russia (Picture: Jason Bell)

The actor added: ‘You have to switch off that part of your brain that’s saying, “I don’t want to walk down a corridor naked.” You have to go: “All right. I’m Peter. And I feel so confident, and I’m so happy and enlightened, that I’m going to walk down this corridor naked”. It’s an interesting trick to play on your brain.’

The Great is one of the most eye-catchings shows on UK TV at the moment. The first episode already has people hooked, with viewers taking to social media to praise the show and declare it their first TV obsession of 2021.

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Elle and Nicholas star on the show (Picture: Channel 4)

The opening episode saw Catherine make her way in the Russian court, adapting to a new life with the heavy-drinking, womanising ruler.

The Great first aired on Hulu and Starzplay over the summer in the US, and now it’s finally made its way onto UK television.

The Great continues on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sunday.


Credit: Original article published here.

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