LOS ANGELES - Minnesotans unable to snag those impossible seats to see "King Lear" at the Guthrie more than a year ago will finally get a chance to see the entire production. Well, not quite all of it. When PBS airs a production on March 25, Ian McKellen's "full monty" scene will be altered to make certain that his, um, manhood, doesn't make an appearance. That's just fine with McKellen.
"Inevitably if a man or woman takes his clothes off on stage, the eyes are going to go to those parts that are normally hidden and at that moment there may be something of import which the scene is about that gets lost," said McKellen on the inaugural day of the TCA January tour.
McKellen said he had one regret about his nude scene -- it might not be what you think.
"Every night, when I took my clothes off, you know what I used to do? Pull in my stomach," he said. "That's pathetic. I was playing an old man. I should have let it all hang out ... ."