Actor Aidan Turner has spoken about a famed publicity shot for UK period drama Poldark, in which his ripped torso attracted plenty of attention.
According to Turner, it wasn’t meant to be a publicity shot at all, but snapped when a make-up artist was at work.
“I do remember the day. The first thing I think of when I see the photograph is that they airbrushed out the make-up artist who was covering a tattoo,” he said.
“I always think of Jacquie Fowler and how she didn’t make that photograph. She was right there, painting out a tattoo.”
On a question of being objectified he pondered, “Was it safer to make a big deal of this photograph because it was a young man?”
“Would it have been handled the same way in the press if it was a young woman? I don’t know. Possibly not. But I didn’t feel objectified.”
Poldark ran from 2015 – 2019 but there are no plans to revisit.
Turner said of his physique, “I figured in my preparation that, given Ross Poldark was a very active guy, and the sort of diet he’d be on, it just felt right to get myself into that.
“He’s a farmer, he’s working, he’s riding a horse all the time, he’s a soldier. So it made sense to be in shape, but it wasn’t something I focused on.”
Everybody else did….
Source: Radio Times
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