"There's a good argument for not doing it - it's distracting. How can an audience not look at genitalia on display when they have the license to do it in a darkened theatre." SIR Ian McKellen on why he opted not to follow his Lord Of The Rings co-star SIR Ian Holm's example and bare all for a 20 minute sequence of SHAKESPEARE tragedy King Lear. Instead, MCKellen briefly strips in his role as Lear, offering just a glimpse of his naked form.