US TV cuts Ian McKellen’s nude scene in ‘King Lear’

March 27th, 2009 - 5:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 27 (ANI): Ian McKellen’s nude scene from US television broadcast of his ‘King Lear’ has been chopped off, leaving the actor full of frustration.

The legendary actor played the Shakespeare character on an 18-month-long RSC world tour.

However, when the PBS channel screened a TV adaptation of the play on March 25, it had cut the star’s brief nude scene.

“The channel has its rules,” the Daily Express quoted McKellen as saying.

He added: “It’s all right to see someone have their eyes gouged out but it’s not right to see an old man with his trousers down.”

Other actors, who joined the 69-year-old star in King Lear, include Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles.

“It takes a lot out of you but it’s very rewarding. Having done it, I wouldn’t mind doing it again,” said McKellen. (ANI)

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