For those spreading rumors about Kate Beckinsale demanding a body double, the studio has a request: Butt out.
Warner Bros. has lashed out at reports claiming the British beauty demanded producers hire a body double for a nude scene in her upcoming drama, Whiteout, after refusing to show her nekkid bum on camera.
They did, as it happens, hire one—but not, they want to make clear, as a result of any diva demands or actress insecurities.
That clears that up.
"The claims appearing on the Internet today that Kate Beckinsale requested a body double for filming Whiteout are absolutely untrue," the studio said. "As is standard practice on many movies, a body double was hired for several scenes by the production and not at the request of Kate Beckinsale."
Producer Susan Downey also chimed in: "Kate Beckinsale made no request for a body double for this production.'"
The rumor began making the rounds after the Mail on Sunday published an article claiming Beckinsale forced producers to shell out $2,000 per day for a double to protect her modesty.
"The script called for her character to be filmed nude in a shower, focusing in on her bottom and thighs," the U.K. tabloid quoted someone billed as an anonymous on-set source. "Kate insisted on a double being hired. She was quite open on the set about not liking her body and said she particularly loathed her bottom and was not comfortable baring it."
Whiteout is due out Sept. 19.