Joining the hit HBO show for season 2, which swaps Maui for Sicily, James stars as Cameron Babcock in Mike White’s The White Lotus, and he’s made a big impression on fans with a full-frontal nude scene.
According to James, the scene in question, which has already caused quite the stir on social media, had a version that was too revealing to show on TV so they had to shoot a more “subtle” edit.
“The initial version we shot was way too much,” James revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “So, we did a more subtle version. They toned it [down].”
The scene in the series premiere sees James’ Cameron Babcock as he follows Aubrey Plaza’s Harper Spiller to her hotel room where he plans on borrowing a pair of swimming trunks from Harper’s husband.
As Babcock changes into the shorts in front of Harper, she catches a glimpse of his nudity in a mirror while fetching some suncream and doesn’t know where to look.
Speaking of Harper’s wandering eyes, James said: “It’s interesting, at first we don’t know whether it’s deliberate or it’s accidental. But it reveals itself.”
But, according to the actor, the nude scene serves a purpose – we just have to wait until episode five to find out what that is.
“It’s always character-driven. It’s always, you know, moving the [story] forward,” he added.
“It is in my contract that I’m not allowed to do anything without being completely naked. It’s funny because we’re all kind of naked. It’s a holiday show, really,” he quipped.