THE Great star Nicholas Hoult has revealed the “trick” he played on his brain to garner the confidence to stroll on set stark naked.
The actor plays Peter, Emperor of Russia in a satirical retelling of how Catherine the Great rose to rule Russia in the 18th Century.
The Great actor Nicholas Hoult has revealed his secret to securing the confidence to stroll on set nakedCredit: Getty – Contributor
The Channel 4 drama is jam-packed with sauce and nudity and shows Emperor Peter bonking his way through a palace of courtesans.
He has now revealed the power of the mind got him through the potentially red-faced moment in front of his co-stars.
Speaking to Guardian Weekend, Nicholas, 31, confessed: “I remember reading the script and saying to [The Great creator’s Tony McNamara], ‘Aaaaargh… I’m not sure about this one.’
The script sees the actor’s character, Peter, Emperor of Russia, strolling down the grand hallway nakedCredit: Amazon
Nicholas, 31, told how he played a ‘trick’ on his brain to make the scene happenCredit: Amazon
“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?’
Nicholas then confessed: “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.”
He asked if the amount of people on-set could be reduced to 30
He stars alongside Elle Fanning, who plays Catherine the Great
The hugely racy plotline also features Elle Fanning, as Catherine the Great.
She marries Peter and then sets about trying to outwit her sex-mad husband.
Speaking about filming the raunchy scenes with her co-star, Elle previously told EW: “Sex is also a real big part of the real Catherine the Great’s life. She was notoriously kind of beyond her time in that way.
“She was very open and free and loved sex. I think we both like to challenge ourselves, Nick and I, and we’re trying to push each other’s buttons and he’s trying to make me laugh and trying to go there.
Elle Fanning previously revealed the pair were ‘dying’ with laughter in one sex sceneCredit: Amazon
She described her character Catherine The Great as ‘open and free’ and someone who ‘loved sex’
“So I think it really helps those scenes. But especially the scene where [they have to] count his thrusts to 100, that scene, we were dying.
“There’s a real wide shot where we had to kind of go through the motions because we’re way in the background and the other characters are talking. And it was hard. We were just crying with laughter.”
Meanwhile, Nicholas’ breakthrough role was as Marcus Brewer in the 2002 comedy drama About a Boy, for which he was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.
He then went on to play Tony Stonem in E4’s Skins.