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Cumming: 'Dressing in drag was torture'

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Apr 08, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

Cumming used "smelly" creams to get rid of his body hair and donned make-up and tight dresses to play Desrae, a transvestite, on U.K. TV series The Runaway.

Now the X-Men 2 star is convinced more men should get in touch with their feminine sides too - so they can understand the lengths women go to to impress.

He tells U.K. TV host Fern Britton, "I think it's probably quite a good thing for every man to have to do that at one point, just to see what girls go through.

"I decided to go with this (cream) called Veet, or Nair. You put it on and it dissolves your hair off. Disgusting. It smells like a rancid, radioactive pool. It makes all the hair just disappear, like a torture thing. And then you've got to keep loofah-ing all the time otherwise you get ingrown hairs. You saw my bum (in the show), so I had to do it everywhere. Desrae is smooth as a baby's bum. That was bad.

"Even things like the clothing was very restrictive and uncomfortable and I had acrylic nails painted on. In the middle of filming, I came back to Britain to do that Who Do You Think You Are? (genealogy) show for the BBC. When I see the show, it's so funny because I have no body hair at all and I'm actually quite hairy, but I was there like a plucked chicken."

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