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Jude: Naked bath scene made my name!

Jude Law has revealed he credits a nude bath scene for his rise to stardom.

The 42-year-old actor earned himself a Tony nomination for his role in 1995 Broadway play Indiscretions, originally called Les Parents Terribles.

And despite being willing to use a bit of artistic licensing for the nude scene, Jude was working with a director who wouldn’t accept anything other than the genuine article.

During an appearance on US TV show Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday morning, Jude recalled that time in his career.

“I came over here and did a play, which actually started in London...made a bit of a name of myself because the early of act two started with me in a bath tub. So for a while I was known as that guy in a bath tub on stage.

“I was working with a director who was like, ‘no, no, no faking.’ ”

Following the scene, Jude had to get out of the bath naked and dry himself off in front of the audience at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

But the laid-bare scene proved more than a little humorous for some of the stage hands at the theatre.

“One night the guys that set it up thought it would be really funny to make the water ice cold….which has a couple of effects on a man. One I’ll leave to your imagination. And that was well, it woke me up!' Jude said.

Host Michael Strahan added: “It woke up a part of you!”

While Jude is most famous for his film roles, he has enjoyed a hugely successful stage career over the years.

Most recently, Jude achieved critical acclaim for his portrayal of Shakespearean anti-hero Henry V in a London production of the play last year.

However, he revealed that taking part in a theatre show took more out of him than on-screen roles.

“There’s a certain physical demand to doing eight shows a week, and I haven’t had a break in 18 months,” he told USA Today in January 2014. “By February I’ll be quite ready for a break, and I’m going to take one.”

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