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Paul Bettany received his “penis back” at the end of filming ‘A Knight’s Tale’.

The 49-year-old actor stripped for his role in the 2003 movie and director Brian Helgeland marked the end of the shoot by presenting his leading man with a reel of film featuring all the outtakes of shots of him in the nude.

Paul said: “[My best wrap gift was from] Brian Helgeland. Because of the absence of any [modesty] sock, there were lots and lots of strips of film that got cut that had… well, he gave me my penis back is essentially what happened.

“He gave me a reel of film that I have never opened but I still have in my basement, that is every frame of my penis cut from ‘A Knight’s Tale’.”

Paul only shot the scene without any form of covering because the alternative he was offered was even more embarrassing than walking around naked.

Discussing his most memorable on set moment, he said: “Walking down a road with no clothes on in ‘A Knight’s Tale’ still holds the trophy.

“It was like someone’s anxiety dream.

“I remember, the dresser came in my trailer with a Day-Glo sock.

“I’m really nervous about having to shoot this scene, but the one thing that could be more humiliating than being naked and walking down a street is being naked but for a Day-Glo sock. So I chose to go sans sock.”

The ‘Avengers’ star – who has two children with wife Jennifer Connelly – admitted he is “very bad” about stealing from film sets, but the first time he did it was for a purpose that served him well.

He explained to Total Film magazine: “I started off well and nicked all the suits from ‘Gangster No. 1’ because I couldn’t afford suits. I was able to audition in them for years!”

And most recently, he’s taken home a replica of his head, much to his wife’s disgust.

He said: “The thing I’ve thieved most recently was the head cast of me that they light on for ‘Vision’.

“My wife hates it, so she keeps hiding it, but I always find it and put it back. It is pretty creepy.

“It’s like some bodiless spectral apparition. You walk into the room and go, ‘Ah!'”



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Nathan Evans | Sea shanties surge on Spotify following Nathan Evans’ viral Wellerman cover

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Viral TikTok star Nathan Evans’ cover of ‘Wellerman’ has led to the sea shanty being streamed over 7,000 per cent more on Spotify.

On December 23, the video of the 26-year-old Scottish postman-and-singer’s cover of The Longest Johns shanty went viral and saw #ShantyTok trending worldwide.

And between then and January 13, 2021, streams of shanties have rocketed on the streaming platform.

Over 12,000 new user-generated playlists have been added that include “sea shanty” or “sea shanties” in the title.

While searches for “Sea shanty” jumped by 630% this week.

What’s more, ‘Wellerman’ has been the top-added global track to “sea shanty” playlists.

Other shanties to see a surge in streams include, ‘Leave her Johnny’ by Michiel Schrey, Nils Brown, Sean Dagher, which is up more than 225 per cent.

While ‘The Scotsman’ by Hair of the Dog has seen more than a 140% increase in streams and ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers has increased by 80 per cent.

Listen to Spotify’s ‘Sea Shanties’ playlist on Spotify now.



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Venus Williams | Venus Williams loves full-body peels

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Venus Williams loves full-body peels.

The 40-year-old tennis ace is obsessed with the popular beauty treatment that has left her skin feeling smooth and glowing after three days.

Speaking to NewBeauty’s Winter 2021 issue, she revealed: “Last year I did a wonderful whole-body peel. When I was done, my skin looked unreal. It took about three days for everything to just peel off. My dermatologist in New York has incredible peels for the face and body, and the hands and feet peel so beautifully. And honestly, the butt peels so nicely, too. I love a good treatment.”

Venus likes to experiment with her beauty routine but refuses to try anything “too crazy” as she aims for “prevention” in her skincare.

She added: “I’m all about prevention. I love Laser Genesis or anything that’s going to help build collagen. I honestly like to keep it simpler and do something like a Laser Genesis treatment, some red light therapy, constant exfoliation and chemical peels. Nothing too crazy, but those sorts of things really turn over your skin and make it look beautiful. And if you keep it up and can continue your routine at home, you’ll be amazed at how well it works.”

Venus previously revealed she tried more aggressive treatments, like Ultherapy and Thermage – a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting treatment and a radiofrequency contouring method – for prevention but found they weren’t right for her skin type.

She added: “They’re both a little too painful for me, but they’re definitely two gold standards for anti-ageing.”

Venus has no qualms about ageing and insisted the only thing that could catch up with her, is the fact she never used sunscreen for “the first 35 years” of her life.

She said: “I’m really fine with it. I’m really fortunate to have really good genes, honestly. I think a lot of times it comes down to that and how you take care of yourself. I was very naughty not wearing sunscreen for pretty much the first 35 years of my life, so I just hope it never catches up with me! That’s all I can say.”



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Missy Elliot | Lil’ Kim’s iconic MTV VMAs outfit was inspired by Missy Elliott’s joke about her nipples

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LIL’ KIM has revealed her iconic 1999 MTV VMAs outfit was inspired by Missy Elliott.

The 46-year-old rapper put on an eye-popping display in a bold lavender jumpsuit that was cut off below her breast on one side with a sequinned seashell nipple cover keeping her modesty intact.

And now, Kim has shared how the ensemble was inspired by a joke the ‘Work It’ hitmaker, 49, made about her always revealing her nipples in public.

She told People: “My nipples used to pop out so much on their own. They said something in a movie and made it look like it was planned — it was never planned. The girls used to laugh at me and Missy said, ‘Girl, your nipples pop out so much. One day, you need to just come outside with one nipple out.

“We were laughing, but Misa’s [Hylton] lightbulb went off and she just went from there. How the whole lavender wig came out was funny.”

The hairstylist had accidentally “oversaturated” the colourant and the blonde wig came out lavender.

She continued: “She was so stressed because we were literally 45 or 30 minutes away from showtime. She was like, ‘Misa, oh my God. I have to redo the hair, the whole wig is lavender.’ Misa was like, ‘Did you say lavender? Kim’s outfit is lavender. ‘It’s perfect!’ And I’m always with the s***. I was like, ‘Let’s do it! Put it on me.’ I’m always excited to see what I’ll look like in different colors.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Lighters Up’ hitmaker recently collaborated on a new fashion line with PrettyLittleThing to bring her favourite pieces to her fans.

She said: “It’s something I was working on for a long time, so I’m very proud. Y’all are gonna be like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Lil’ Kim for real.'”



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