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'True Blood' Actor Alexander Skarsgård Poses Nude in Antarctica

Alan Raymond
Published: January 9, 2014

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In this undated handout photo provided by Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) on December 4, 2013, Alexander Skarsgard of Team US prepping camp in Antarctica on day three of the South Pole Allied Challenge.

Alexander Skarsgård, the 37-year-old star of the HBO series "True Blood," raised eyebrows around the world Tuesday after a photo recreation of his steamy scene in the season 6 finale was posted to Instagram. Here's the cold truth: he got into his birthday suit at the South Pole in Antarctica.

Admittedly, photos of celebrities and their "goods" are about as common as a cold front in January, but this photo is a little different — to say the least.

Tactfully done, Skarsgård appears to be thoughtfully reading a book, while sitting regally on the "throne."

According to the Daily Mail, the interesting photo-op occurred on a December trek to the South Pole. Skarsgård, who led the team for the U.S., was raising money and awareness for wounded veterans.

There's no word if he was injured or not, but according to the original Instagram post, the temperature was around -22 degrees.

With that much exposed skin and temperatures this low, frostbite is a serious concern. At -22 degrees, a wind of just 5 miles per hour could cause the painful condition in as few as 30 minutes.

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And with higher winds and lower temperatures, it can set in even faster. In the most extreme of conditions, frostbite can occur in as little as five minutes.

Just ask Kate Upton. In early 2013, she was the victim of frostbite after a photo shoot in Antarctica, for the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. Not to worry, she made a full recovery.

Moral of the story: Don't parade around outdoors in sub-zero weather in your birthday suit. Unless, of course, you're Alexander Skarsgård or Kate Upton, because they look unbelievably good doing it.

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