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CROWN JEWEL: Matt in Net­flix hit show DOC­TOR Who ac­tor Matt Smith is to ap­pear in a role that’s light years away from the Tardis – as a pho­tog­ra­pher famed for FISTING photos!

Matt, 35, who also plays Prince Philip in Net­flix se­ries The Crown, will play Robert Map­plethorpe, a snappa who shocked the Es­tab­lish­ment with his XXX- rated photos of the New York S& M scene in the 79s and 80s.

Map­plethorpe died of the AIDS in 1989, aged 42, and now his pho­to­graphs are sold for thou­sands of pounds in the trendy art mar­kets of London and New York.

Be­fore Map­plethorpe died, the Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian Jesse Helms waved some of this photos around the U. S. Se­nate, in protest at fed­eral arts find­ing be­ing paid to gal­leries which ex­hib­ited the snaps.

Mean­while, Matt says that play­ing a gay icon was an ed­u­ca­tion.

He ex­plained: “I did PE­NIS PICS FAS­CI­NA­TION: Matt, who will play snappa Robert ( Map­plethorpe as an en­deav­our of, well a) he’s a fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter, and b) there’s some­thing about his photos that is just… who knew, as a straight man, that pic­tures of penises were so ut­terly com­pelling? But they are! And you don’t know why.”

One Matt Smith fan said: “He’s an ex­cel­lent ac­tor and can turn his hand to any­thing.”

The new film, sched­uled for re­lease next year, is di­rected by Ondi Ti­moner.

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