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More Than Skin-Deep

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More Than Skin-Deep

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JOHN HENSLEY GETS INTO THE UGLY SIDE OF HIS NIP/TUCK ROLE.

Not every guy gets to do bong hits with his grandmother-especially when that grandmother is Vanessa Redgrave. "If she didn't know her way around a bong before, she sure did by the end of the day," jokes John Hensley, who plays the troubled Matt McNamara on Nip/Tuck. Redgrave played his grandmother in season 3, just released on DVD. "She was fantastic."

But the 29-year-old actor says the scene for Nip/Tuck he most enjoyed filming involved his character brutally attacking transgender woman Cherry Peck. Now, before protests are organized, hear him out. "I have a lot more fun on the days when you're asked to do things you're not necessarily comfortable with," says the actor, who reprises his role on the exquisitely lurid plastic surgery drama when it returns for its fourth season September 5. "I like the days when you have to sit across from someone and really get ugly."

And things got ugly for Matt last year. Before doing bong hits with Grandma, Matt learned the woman he was in love with (Famke Janssen) was a male-to-female transsexual, whereupon he became "a loose set of wires," Hensley explains. …

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