Cole: 'Calendar girls' were a handful

Dec. 22, 2003 at 6:45 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Nigel Cole told reporters in New York City that spending days with a roomful of naked women isn't as easy -- or fun -- as it sounds.

Cole's new film "Calendar Girls" is based on the true story of a group of prim English ladies who posed naked for a calendar to raise money for the local hospital.

"I'm hoping my next film will have one character lost on a desert island. A remake of 'Cast Away' would suit me fine because I found eight women in every scene very hard," the director joked to reporters recently.

"They'd be on set with me all day and some of them wouldn't have any lines that day because not everyone can speak at once."

He said that having so many actresses with speaking parts can be chaotic, so Helen Mirren and Julie Walters drive the story while he had to find things for the other women to do that weren't scripted.

Cole also explained that getting the women to look relaxed for the naked photographs wasn't all that easy.

"The whole joy of that original calendar was that the women looked different to how women normally look in nude photographs," Cole said. "I had 11 of England's top actresses and I had to get them naked and they had to be happy about it."

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