The late Marlon Brando ordered actors to strip naked in front of each other during one of his secret masterclasses, it has been revealed.
The screen icon, who died in 2004, taught a series of infamous masterclasses to Hollywood actors including Robin Williams, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte in 2002.
Some twenty actors and actresses, such as Whoopi Goldberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, enrolled in the course, which Brando had entitled "Lying for a Living".
The Godfather star apparently told those in attendance to remove their clothes and strip naked as he imparted his wisdom and trained them.
Aged 78 at the time, Brando reportedly turned up for day one dresses in a drag outfit, blond wig and blue mascara.
It is believed that he was forced to teach these workshops to help ease his fiancial woes.
Nebraska native Brando also once brought along a team of Samoan wrestlers to do improvisations with the group of actors.
One time, he plucked a homeless man from the streets in an attempt to teach him the craft of acting.
The classes took place over the course of ten days in an unused warehouse near Sunset Boulevard.
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