Aidan Turner said he has never felt “objective” when reflecting on the attention he received in 2015.
The Irish actor was shown working topless when he played the title character in the BBC drama, which led to a frenzy among the show’s fans.
Talk to Radio TimesTurner, 39, said: ‘Is it safer to do this photo because it’s a young man?
“Would it be treated the same way in the press if it was a young woman? I do not know. Maybe no. But I don’t feel objectionable.”
The show, based on the book series of the same name by Winston Graham, follows Captain Ross Poldark as he returns to his hometown of Nampara in Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence.
Recalling the day the photo was taken, which excited fans and those less familiar with the film, Turner said: “I remember that day. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the photo was that they blew away the makeup artist who was covering a tattoo.
“I always think about Jacquie Fowler and how she didn’t do that photo. She was right there, drawing a tattoo.”
Turner explained that the tattoo in question was a small design he did while on vacation with his friends in Tenerife, which he later removed.
He also shared his reasons for making sure he is in particularly good form for the role of Poldark, which he played from 2015 to 2019, saying: “I took into account my preparation that, since Ross Poldark is a very active guy, and he’s going to go on a diet, I feel right to be part of that. [condition].
“He’s a farmer, he’s working, he’s riding all the time, he’s a soldier. So it makes sense to be in shape.
“And the shot, it was a behind-the-scenes photo. It is not a public photo. “
Turner, who plays clinical psychologist in new ITV drama Suspectalso confirmed there are no plans for a Poldark return.
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His new TV series is adapted from the novel by Australian crime writer Michael Robotham and is produced by World Productions – the company behind a number of recent popular series, including Vigil and Quest Line.
Turner plays Doctor Joe O’Loughlin, who seems to have the perfect life but after the death of a young woman and an early-onset Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, the truth begins to unfold.
Speaking about the project, Turner added: “A lot of work [I’ve had] in recent years is either fantasy or period or non-contemporary.
“This feels different and quite refreshing.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/aidan-turner-no-i-didnt-feel-objectified-when-that-picture-sparked-frenzy-41929943.html Aidan Turner: No, I didn’t feel offended when THAT picture caused a frenzy