Lee Mack sheds two stone before strip scene
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 April 2012
Lee Mack lost two stone and got a spray tan because he was so worried about his naked scene on BBC One sitcom 'Not Going Out'
Lee Mack lost two stone because he was so worried about his naked scene on 'Not Going Out'.
The 43-year-old comedian - who stars alongside Tim Vine, Sally Bretton and Katy Wix on the BBC One sitcom - ate mince and onions for breakfast for "two months" as part of his diet and got a spray tan until he felt comfortable enough with his nude look.
He said: "There are a few scenes where I had to strip naked, so I got a spray tan and lost two stone. I went on the Atkins diet for two months -- and had mince for breakfast every day for two months.
"I loved it, although I don't think it's particularly healthy. I had the mince with onions and I stank -- but I've got three kids now so I can do that.
"I wasn't too bothered about stripping off after losing the weight and getting the tan. It doesn't really bother me because, when you reach a certain age, I've accepted the fact I'm looking towards getting a body like Albert Steptoe."
But Lee will not be getting a regular spray tan because he finds it much "easier" to "look like a mess", and he insists he will never go under the knife to improve his looks.
He added to The Sun newspaper: "Anyway, I do have to wear make-up on TV! And I'd like to point out that I didn't keep going with the spray tan thing afterwards.
"It wasn't out of vanity -- I had to get it or I'd have looked like a polar bear in a sitcom.
"Standing there naked, being sprayed in a nappy thing, was weird. You have to wear the nappy or you get brown marks on your white parts -- never a good look.
"But I haven't had a spray tan since and I'd never have Botox. It's too much effort looking good.
I like looking a mess. It's easier. I've grown a beard at the moment while I'm writing, and once you have got a beard then anything goes."