The Wicker Man star Britt Ekland reveals how a STRIPPER was used as her body double without her knowledge… and she only found out when she saw the film

The Wicker Man star Britt Ekland reveals how a STRIPPER was used as her body double without her knowledge… and she only found out when she saw the film

Broadly considered one of many best British movies ever made, it’s a beguiling and unusual mixture of horror, thriller and musical with one of the crucial memorable endings in cinematic historical past.

Now, as The Wicker Man celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, celebrity Britt Ekland, who performed the mysterious feminine lead, has spoken of her delight on the movie’s longevity.

The plot is a sinister story of a police officer lured to a distant island group, the story constructing to its unforgettable climax amongst picturesque areas in south-west Scotland.

Nonetheless, Ms Ekland, now 81, stays slightly aggrieved on the well-known dance scene for which a stripper acted as her physique double.

She stated: ‘On the time I made some feedback about how tough the movie was and it was interpreted that I’ve in poor health emotions in direction of it.

Broadly considered one of many best British movies ever made, it’s a beguiling and unusual mixture of horror, thriller and musical with one of the crucial memorable endings in cinematic historical past

Now, as The Wicker Man celebrates its 50th anniversary, superstar Britt Ekland, who played the mysterious female lead, has spoken of her pride at the film's longevity

Now, as The Wicker Man celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, celebrity Britt Ekland, who performed the mysterious feminine lead, has spoken of her delight on the movie’s longevity

The plot is a sinister tale of a police officer lured to a remote island community, the story building to its unforgettable climax among picturesque locations in south-west Scotland. However, Ms Ekland, now 81, remains a little aggrieved at the famous dance scene for which a stripper acted as her body double

The plot is a sinister story of a police officer lured to a distant island group, the story constructing to its unforgettable climax amongst picturesque areas in south-west Scotland. Nonetheless, Ms Ekland, now 81, stays slightly aggrieved on the well-known dance scene for which a stripper acted as her physique double

‘The truth is that filming occurred after I was younger, alone and pregnant. It was a really harsh shoot and anybody who took half would say the identical.

‘We walked for hours and hours to get to distant cliffs for some scenes. Nonetheless, time does change issues and I’m pleased with the movie as persons are so keen on it.’

Ms Ekland has loved a glittering profession which additionally noticed her star in James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun the yr after The Wicker Man was launched.

The movie, which additionally starred horror icon Christopher Lee, hit cinemas on December 6, 1973, and has now been re-released for its 50-year anniversary. It retains the bare dance scene and Ms Ekland stated: ‘I did not ask for a physique double.

‘I had no downside doing the dance bare however I didn’t need to have my backside photographed.

‘Once I went to London on my break day they introduced in a neighborhood stripper. I did not know something about it.

‘Once I noticed that a part of the movie I used to be shocked. Not solely did she not look something like me however her physique didn’t seem like mine. Her backside was enormous and it was embarrassing.

‘On the time, nobody had any perception within the movie besides Christopher Lee, who completely beloved it. He at all times stated it was the very best factor he’d ever carried out.

‘Nonetheless, I noticed the movie this yr for less than the second time and I believed it was entertaining and intriguing.’

She added of the film’s conclusion: ‘It’s actually stunning and that’s the lure of the movie. There are usually not lots of movies from that interval which retain such a profile right this moment. I’m very blissful to have been a part of it.’

The film, which also starred horror icon Christopher Lee, hit cinemas on December 6, 1973, and has now been re-released for its 50-year anniversary. It retains the naked dance scene and Ms Ekland said: 'I didn't ask for a body double (pictured 2019)

The movie, which additionally starred horror icon Christopher Lee, hit cinemas on December 6, 1973, and has now been re-released for its 50-year anniversary. It retains the bare dance scene and Ms Ekland stated: ‘I did not ask for a physique double (pictured 2019)

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