03/08/2012 06:45 pm ET

Martin Short, Ewan McGregor Compare Notes On Nude Scenes And Socks (VIDEO)

Although racy nude sex scenes don't necessarily come to mind while thinking of Martin Short's career, the actor and comedian explained Thursday while guest-hosting "Live! With Kelly" (weekdays on ABC) how he handled the awkwardness of stripping down for a film role. Shooting a post-sex scene in the 1987 film "Cross My Heart," Short remembered panicking, and at the last minute, asking for a "little, whatever that word is ... sock."

Later in the show, Ewan McGregor came on to promote his new film "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," and while returning from a commercial break, cameras caught the actors in the middle of a 'sock or no sock' debate. McGregor, who is no stranger to on-screen nudity, seemed baffled by the sock concept. "I've never worked with a sock," he said. Then, realizing they were live, he smiled and sheepishly asked, "Are we back on?"

After appearing nude in films like "Trainspotting," "Velvet Goldmine" and "The Pillow Book," last year McGregor told the Express that he no longer wants to appear in nude scenes. So is it still a nude scene if you've got your socks on?

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