Screen sensation Jessica Alba was thrilled to be picked to play sexy NANCY CALLAHAN in comic book film SIN CITY - until she realised how often she was expected to appear naked.

Alba, 24, was initially enchanted when director Robert Rodriguez described Callahan's story, and it was only when she caught sight of the original FRANK MILLER comics that she noticed her character had no qualms about shedding her clothes.

But the HONEY beauty was delighted when Rodriguez agreed that she didn't have to expose her naked body to fulfil the film role.

She says, "When Robert told me about my character's story - how a man sacrificed his life for her. I was like, 'That's great, that's so romantic.'

"Then I saw the pictures in the comics, and I was like, 'Oh man! She's naked all the time!'

"I asked Robert if it would be a problem if I didn't do the nudity - I don't feel comfortable doing topless or bottomless - and he said it was OK."

20/05/2005 19:35