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DONALD WHERE'S YOUR TROOSERS? Hollywood star wore mini-kilt in Perth debut.

Byline: By John Ferguson

HE'S in the Dirty Sexy Money now.

But 48 years ago, Hollywood star Donald Sutherland was earning just pounds 8 a week showing his legs off to the playgoers of Perth - as our rare pictures show.

The actor, now starring in the hit new US drama Dirty Sexy Money, wore a Roman "mini-kilt" to play Heracles in the comedy The Rape Of The Belt.

It was one of a number of roles which Sutherland, now 72, took on at the Perth Repertory Theatre.

The Canadian star, most famous for the film version of M*A*S*H and the psychological chiller Don't Look Now, looks back fondly on his time in Scotland in the 1960s.

He said: "I did one audition for the Perth Repertory Theatre and stayed there for years.

"It was wonderful. I was on eight quid a week, I had a wife, we lived near the Bell's distillery and we woke up with frost on the bed.

"I loved it because it was regular work. The thing I remember most is when the Queen visited in about 1960.

"I have never seen a woman with a lovelier complexion. She was gorgeous and has stunning blue eyes, just like Elizabeth Taylor."

The arrival of Sutherland in Perth was even acknowledged in the town's local paper, which ran the story: "Canadian newcomer will take leading role."

It is believed he stayed in a flat in the town's King Street.

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ROMANS OF THE DAY: Donald in minikilt, left, and in other Perth Rep productions; STAR MAN: Donald Sutherland GRAEMEHART
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