The actor is comfortable showing his flesh if it's bronzed

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James McAvoy isn’t worried about going nude on screen.

The actor, 34, admits that he quite enjoys stripping off for film roles if the scene is ’empathetic’ – but does prefer to slap on some fake tan beforehand.

‘If they want to make you look utterly minging I’m like: “Oh, I don’t know about this,” but if they light you nicely I’m not too bothered,’ says James.

‘A bit of the old St Tropez. I need to tan myself up so I don’t blind people with my paleness because I am milk bottle white below the neck.’

James has had a pretty successful career since leaving Shameless in 2005 and is set to reprise his role as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past next month. 

But the dad-of-one – who’s married to actress Anne-Marie Duff – already has a plan in place to win more roles if work ever dries up.

‘You might find me whoring myself out on red carpets more often than I do at the moment if my career goes south,’ James tells Metro.

‘Hopefully it won’t come to that.’

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    I’m pretty sure he does that to his face too, most of the time his face and neck look a different color.