Couch Potato's Tuesday Trivia: The Name of the Rose and a schoolboy crush

Actor Christian Slater (opens in new tab) was only 15 years old when he starred as Adso of Melk in the 1986 medieval thriller The Name of the Rose (opens in new tab). Not only that but the teenager had a nude scene with the only actress in the film - the beautiful Valentina Vargas (opens in new tab), who was much older (than him). She was 22 at the time.

Apparently, during the early stages of pre-production, the already cast Slater (opens in new tab) was asked to read with the three actresses auditioning for the role of 'the girl'.

However, as soon as he read with Chilean beauty Vargas (opens in new tab), the young actor knew exactly who he wanted to film his nude scene with - he was smitten. So, he asked his casting agent mother to tell director Jean-Jacques Annaud (opens in new tab) to choose Vargas (opens in new tab) even before the other two actresses had auditioned. And, because Annaud (opens in new tab) was so amused by Slater (opens in new tab)'s cheeky request, he decided to grant him his wish. Lucky boy.

The Name of the Rose is showing tonight - Tuesday 8th November - on BBC1 at 11.50pm

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