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Those curious to get a peek at what Jennifer Aniston is packing beneath those designer ensembles she's always wearing won't find out when the actress' latest film, the raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses, hits theaters July 8. Despite what the film's racy trailer and a few loose-lipped "insiders" have suggested, the 42-year-old star will not be going topless for her turn as a sex-obssessed dentist.
"I have no idea where those rumors started," Aniston tells the Chicago Sun-Times, "but it's a good rumor." Unlike Aniston, we do know where the gossip began. In early May, US Weekly ran a story citing a "production source" who said that Aniston "shot a topless scene, but produces aren't sure if they'll use it."
Aniston laughs when asked whether this is the case -- and whether that scene might end up in DVD bonus features. "Not true at all," she says. "Where do these things start?"
Raunch-lovers need not fear, however. There is plenty of racy material in Horrible Bosses, much of it courtesy of Aniston's sexually aggressive dentist, who shamelessly harasses her fearful male assistant (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day). And Aniston says she relished the opportunity to play a character that's a little darker than audiences are used to seeing from her.
"I don't want to play it safe all the time. I wanted to take a risk," she says. "I wanted to do something that allowed me to go in a different direction. I've never had a script come to me in the past that allowed me to go in this direction. The risk made it fun."
Another big risk was the fact that Aniston wanted to ditch her usually blond locks and "go dark," wearing a brown wig in the film. The studio balked, fearing audiences wouldn't recognize the movie's most marketable star. "We had this wonderful period of time I do call Hair Gate," she says. "The studio didn't want me to wear a wig. I was told, 'No one will know who you are.' I said, 'They will know my name from the credits.'"
Aniston held her ground, insisting that it was important to transform her look for the role. She says, "I was doing a movie right before this and one after that had me looking more like me, and I knew this character had to be different." The studio finally relented, and Aniston says she "felt such a freedom" when she changed her signature look.
Things are going great for Aniston right now. She's got a new relationship, a new buzzed-about movie and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the way. She can certainly afford to "go dark" for a little while!