Hugh Hefner: I Pushed Lindsay Lohan to Go Fully Naked for Playboy

Celebrity News Dec. 16, 2011 AT 10:53AM
Hugh Hefner: I Pushed Lindsay Lohan to Go Fully Naked for Playboy Credit: Craig Barritt/WireImage.com

What Hugh wants, Hugh gets.

When Lindsay Lohan signed on for a cover shoot for Playboy magazine, the 25-year-old star and her team blanched at the prospect of going all the way.

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"I think it was essentially mama [Dina] and the folks around her that kept pushing for less nudity," the mag's found Hugh Hefner told E! News of rumors that he convinced Lohan to go fully naked.

And I said, 'We're doing a nude pictorial here. We're going to do it in a very classy way and we're going to do it in a way in which it will not be forgotten.'"

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And indeed it wasn't. In a tribute to her idol Marilyn Monroe's iconic Playboy pics, the blonde-again star posed against a red velvet background with bright-red lipstick and a sexy pair of pumps. "The pictorial and the concept…came from me," Hefner said.

Still, even Hefner himself initially worried about featuring the erratic star, famously plagued by legal problems as well as drug and alcohol struggles.

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"It really came as a surprise to me," he said. "I kind of had mixed emotions about it initially. . . I wasn't quite sure where she was at in her life, obviously. It depends on whether it's Tuesday or Thursday."

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