"Sex and the City" actor hits "naked" jackpot

Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:55pm EDT
 
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters) - French model-actor Gilles Marini has built his career by dressing up, so he is stunned that his major break has come from stripping down and appearing naked, completely naked, in the hit movie "Sex and the City."

Marini bares all, ever so fleetingly for a full frontal shot, as a Casanova living next door to actress Kim Cattrall's Samantha in the big screen version of the HBO TV series about the careers, love lives, and wardrobes of four New York women.

Marini, 32, who relocated to the United States about a decade ago from France to pursue modeling and acting, said he has been inundated with emails and job offers since the movie opened in May and he was branded Hollywood's newest eye candy.

"This is the part that has put me on the map. For me, this is like winning the jackpot," Marini told Reuters in a phone interview from New York where he was receiving Bravo cable TV's "Best Rear Award."

"I just was not expecting this at all. I have never done so much press in my life or received so many emails. It's just gone wild and I am very happy about it."

Marini's good looks and toned physique caught the eye of millions of women who flocked to see the romantic comedy that defied mixed reviews and beat box office expectations with nearly $200 million in global ticket sales.

Since the world premiere in London four weeks ago, Marini said he had received over 17,000 hits on his MySpace page and job offers have been rolling in but he is taking his time before deciding on his next move.

To handle the attention, Marini has taken on a publicist who is getting word out on the relatively unknown star.   Continued...

 
<p>French model-actor Gilles Marini is shown in this undated publicity photograph from the film "Sex and the City." Marini has built his career by dressing up, so he is stunned that his major break has come from stripping down and appearing naked, completely naked, in the hit movie "Sex and the City." RETUERS/New Line Cinema/Handout</p>