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Scarlett Johansson encourages on-stage nudity

Scarlett Johansson has joked seeing her Broadway co-star's naked butt on stage adds a "little bit of hope" to her day.

The Hollywood actress is currently starring as Maggie the Cat in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Scarlett has formed a close bond with her co-star Ben Walker and has joked she often persuades him to stay naked for longer periods of time on stage.

"That is really one of the brighter points of my life. I have asked Ben at times, when I was having a more difficult day, to just leave it [his butt] out there for a couple more moments, just to brighten my day a little bit," she quipped in an interview with Broadway.com.

"I think it adds a little bit of hope in an otherwise dismal situation."

Scarlett parades her enviable curves in the iconic slinky slip made famous by her character. The blonde beauty is confident in her skin so was not fazed by wearing the body-skimming attire.

"I don’t know; I’ve never been terribly body conscious. I’m a relatively healthy person. I never was worried about it. Obviously [costume designer] Julie Weiss is so incredibly talented. She knows exactly where to hug, where to give - she knows my body from working together in the past together, and building all kinds of foundation garments in general," she gushed.

"She’s so sensitive about all of that, and I think she made a beautiful garment. And it’s effortless. It should not draw attention to itself, and I don’t think it does."

In the interview, Scarlett also speaks about auditioning for the part of Fantine in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables - a part she eventually lost out on to Anne Hathaway.

"Yes, I did. I sang my little heart out. I auditioned with laryngitis. I did everything I could to, like, not have laryngitis," she explained.

"I think, looking at the film now, there's no possible way I ever could have topped [Anne’s] performance. It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be."

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