“I love the original ‘Full Monty’ movie, and I think Robert Carlyle is brilliant as the central character — a loser who overcomes the odds against him. In fact it’s his portrayal that inspired me to tackle the role as my live-acting debut — though now I regret agreeing to it because on stage there’s nowhere to hide (laughs).”

In contrast to that jokey reluctance he expressed at a press conference back in December, 30-year-old movie star Takayuki Yamada also revealed that he’d been yearning to act on stage for four or five years — but couldn’t decide what to plump for.

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