Unclear Whether Lear Will Be Naked on PBS
PBS chief Paula Kerger told reporters in Los Angeles that she doesn’t know yet if Ian McKellen’s nude scene will appear in a PBS taping of his play King Lear.
McKellen, who is best known for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men movies, played the title character in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s staging of William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, which toured last year.
The 69-year-old is to reprise his role for a taping of the production to air on PBS.
The Washington Post said Kerger was asked at a news conference if McKellen’s full-frontal nude scene, which occurs when Lear goes mad, would appear in the version her network was planning to air.
The film is just being shot and I haven’t actually seen the final version yet, The Post quoted Kerger as responding. We’re actually going to bring it to press tour in January, so you’ll have a chance to see it then.
Pressed to comment on the possibility of airing the nude scene on PBS, she remarked: Well, it’s what I think about it and what the FCC will allow. … So we’ll cross that bridge — we’re bringing it to you in January. Ask me the question again.