The Brit stripped down for his role as deranged killer Ray Marcus in the thriller, but his most revealing scenes were edited out of the completed movie.
"He showed a lot more than we used," Ford tells E! News. "But that would have become what everyone only talked about."
Film fans still got to see a good bit of the actor's body in scenes in Nocturnal Animals - and his wife Sam appreciated the need for her man to get naked.
The Fifty Shades of Grey director said, "I actually love that scene because I know how Aaron felt doing that scene and the nervousness. I think it's one of the most cinematically great scenes I've seen in a while."
Taylor-Johnson won gold at the Globes on Sunday night (08Jan17), when he picked up a Best Supporting Actor award.
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