Robin Ellis disappointed by nudity in Poldark
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 March 2015
Robin Ellis has confessed he is disappointed with the nudity in the BBC's new adaptation of 'Poldark' insisting viewers would have been appalled to see him looking as tanned and muscular as lead actor Aidan Turner in the 70s version of the show in which he starred
Robin Ellis is disappointed by 'Poldark's nudity.
The 73-year-old actor played the protagonist in the original television series, and has berated the new BBC One version for not casting an "ordinary bloke" as Captain Ross Poldark.
He commented: "I was just an ordinary bloke; in those days male actors weren't muscular and buff. In the Seventies people would have been really taken aback - shocked, even - if I'd revealed the sort of tanned, toned six-pack that's commonplace now."
The star - who now makes a living writing cookery books in France - explained the series' main actor Aidan Turner's many topless scenes are far more revealing than his one moment without a shirt on in the original series, for which he was scolded by his local launderette worker.
He told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "'Poldark' wasn't nearly as sexy as audiences like to believe
"I did take my white frilly shirt off on-screen - I was washing, I think - but it only happened the once in 29 episodes.
"The morning after it was screened, I went to my local launderette as usual and handed my clothes in for a service wash.
"The Eastern European woman who always did my washing stood there, shaking her head in disappointment, wagging her finger at me and saying, 'Big mistake,' so I didn't do it again."