Benjamin Svetkey
June 27, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Basic Instinct and Showgirls auteur Paul Verhoeven recently did his own striptease on the L.A. set of his new sci-fi flick, Starship Troopers, taking it all off in an effort to put male and female cast members about to film a group-shower scene at ease. ”There were about seven or eight actors, and they were all very nervous and awkward about it,” explains the director. ”So I took off all my clothes to make them feel more comfortable. I never ask actors to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. And it worked. Everyone was so amazed to see the director naked that they stopped being nervous. They even applauded me.”

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