Some moviegoers are swooning when they see the new hunk of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dramatically take off his shirt onscreen.
But what they might not know is that Sam Claflin, 24, who plays a studly missionary in the film, had no idea the topless scene was coming whatsoever.
"In the initial script, there was no mention of me taking my shirt off," says the affable Claflin. "I'm very insecure about my body."
He laughs and says, "On Day 1, (director) Rob Marshall and (producer) Jerry Bruckheimer just mention 'by the way, you're going to take your top off in this scene.' They were no inkling before. It was a nightmare. All this in front of Penelope Cruz and all these women and guys on set. I was like, 'oh my God, they are going to think I'm fat.'"
Far from it. Further, the pub-loving Claflin ("I'm not going to lie, I do enjoy a good drink or two," he says) had been working out like crazy with a personal trainer for three weeks before filming started. He went from pub-goer to six-pack abs pretty quickly.
"This is my first Hollywood film, so I wanted to look decent, even before any mention of topless," he says with a laugh. "I wasn't eating anything and running on the beach doing press ups every day. But that scene was still a nightmare, and very daunting," he says.
The results speak for themselves onscreen, but Claflin insists he still hasn't watched the scene fully. "I look at it between my fingers," he says. "I still look at it and feel it's not perfect. I think I have a problem."source