Christopher Eccleston has revealed all about filming nude scenes for new TV drama Lennon Naked. Part of BBC Four's Fatherhood Season. The Salford actor strips off as former Beatle John Lennon, along with Torchwood actress Naoko Mori as Yoko Ono, to recreate the couple’s 1968 naked photo session.
The couple used a time-delay camera to capture the full frontal images of themselves for the cover of their album Two Virgins, which caused uproar at the time. Asked if he was self-conscious about getting his kit off, Eccleston, 46, laughed: “What do you think? When you’re going to shoot that scene you think, ‘Well, he did it,’ so you do it. And then you all have to look at it. I just held my stomach in.” Pendleton-born Eccleston was transformed into Lennon for the BBC4 film with the help of a wig and a voice coach to capture his Liverpool accent. It features a scene where John Lennon steps fully clothed into the swimming pool at his luxury mansion after meeting French film star Brigitte Bardot. He said: “There is a fantastic out-take where I jump into the pool, enter the water and my wig stays on the surface. I think John Lennon, had he directed this film, would have kept that in.” “He’s not been a hero of mine. But I love him because he is so deeply flawed as a human being and he left so much for us,” added Eccleston, who played a Manchester Jesus in TV drama The Second Coming. The film features actors playing the roles of Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and includes real footage of the Fab Four as well as their music. Due to be screened in June, it tells the story of Lennon from Beatlemania to his flight to a new life with Yoko in New York in 1971.
Naoko Mori as Yoko Ono and Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon