Aussie celebs strip down to the Full Monty for television charity event
MODEL Kris Smith and Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac left mouths agog when they stripped before 1200 cheering fans at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre for Channel 7’s The Real Full Monty.
Performing to raise awareness for men’s cancer, the eight-man stripper squad featured comedian Shane Jacobson, iron man Jett Kenny, rugby league sensation Matt Cooper, radio announcer Brendan ‘Jonsey’ Jones and AFL champions Campbell Brown and Brian ‘BT’ Taylor.
Smith admitted the men were “literally sh*ting ourselves backstage” ahead of the show, which culminated with the celebrities tearing off their red velcro G-strings to reveal the lot.
“I’m really sorry about that, it’s very cold up here,” Smith joked, revealing he had to overcome a lot of body insecurities to participate in the show.
“I just thought, ‘f*** it.’ Be comfortable in your own skin, be comfortable with who you are,” he said.
Mac agreed to participate before he realised he would be performing alongside the washboard abs of Smith and Kenny, whose mum Lisa Curry and sister supported him from the front row.
“I thought it was eight regular blokes!” said Mac. “I got stitched up royally.”
Confessing to getting his first spray tan for the occasion (in the shade of “Fijian chocolate mousse”) Mac warned the Australian public a twist of fate could have meant Sunrise host David Koch might have been in his place.
The performance was choreographed by Todd McKenney and involved the celebrities attending top-secret rehearsals since August. He likened the process to “wrangling cats” and said Smith was “the worst”.
Jacobson was a driving force behind the occasion, which will air as a documentary later this year.
“If the blokes we round up are brave enough to go the Full Monty then the men of Australia can be brave enough to talk about cancer,” he said.
Jacobson said performing The Real Full Monty was as scary as bungee jumping but he was glad to be in the presence of buff bodies from Kenny, Smith and Cooper.
“Not one of you saw my penis because you were looking at them,” he joked.
While Jonsey admitted it had been a “learning” experience for him. “I don’t mind wearing a G-string,” he said.
The Real Full Monty will screen on Seven in coming months.