Photo op

Why did Darren Criss post this utterly unclothed photo to Instagram? It’s not what you think.

?So what's more red? My sunburn, my speedo, or YOUR FACE???? #ACSVersace

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You may recall back in May when Darren Criss made life worth living by sharing a photograph on Instagram that featured him stunningly nude, stunningly sunburned, and stunningly hiding his manly wares behind a dangling red Speedo.

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“So what’s more red?” he captioned the photo. “My sunburn, my speedo, or YOUR FACE???? #ACSVersace”

Well, talking to The Ladygang Podcast, Criss explains what prompted this highly encouraged bout of exhibitionism:

“I was wearing this ridiculous red speedo thing and thank god it was for the show because pictures had come out, the paparazzi had caught us. We’re shooting a scene on the beach and it’s Miami. It’s fair game, we’re out in the open so there are photos of me in a scene with Max Greenfield and I’m in this red speedo and I look kind of ridiculous. We’re all kind of giggling about this on set, like, ‘Oh my god, this is getting picked up.’ And I kind of wanted to take it back for myself. At the end of that day, I was completely sunburned and was essentially the same color as the speedo and so I’m looking at myself in the mirror thinking this is too funny. So after those photos went out, I was like, ‘I have a better photo.’ So that was that.”

And now you know.

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