Dominic West Says 'Alicia Vikander Doesn't Have Ludicrously Pumped-Up Breasts' In Tomb Raider Reboot

"It's not chauvinistic... Which might be disappointing to some"

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If you're looking for a Lara Croft with "ludicrously pumped-up breasts" in the latest Tomb Raider reboot, then Dominic West says you will be disappointed.

The 47-year-old actor plays Lord Richard Croft in the remake, father of Alicia Vikander's ripped action hero Lara Croft, who he describes as a "bike courier with Bruce Wayne tendencies."

"They have definitely modernised it - Alicia doesn't have ludicrously pumped-up breasts," the Wire star told ES Magazine.

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"It's not so chauvinistic, which may come as a disappointment to some... [The film sees Vikander play Lara Croft] before she becomes the Tomb Raider as we all know her. She's a bike courier with Bruce Wayne tendencies.

"It's the origin story. I have to say when I found this out I said, 'Well maybe she gets a big pair of boobs from her dad on her 21st birthday?'"

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West also spoke about how "farcical" it was to film sex scenes for hit drama The Affair with Ruth Wilson, and that he once wore a sock over his bits that was nicknamed The Beast.

"[It's] absurd," he continued. "I have to wear a sock over my bits for a start. Well, an actor-y sock thing - there was one that was like a jockstrap, but all of them are ridiculous. One they nicknamed 'The Beast'.

"A lot of the time the girl is wearing stick-on patches on her nipples which are also ridiculous. You look like sexless dolls. It's farcical.

"In your supposed moment of passion you have a guy with a boom going, 'Could you just move slightly to your left, mate?' Then you've got some other poor sod putting make- up on your bum.'"

But he admitted that it's kept a lot of older viewers very happy, adding: "The breadth of people who are into it is staggering. We were filming in New York recently and this bunch of doddery 70-year-olds streamed past us and one of them shouted, 'Keep it up!'

"It's amazing what the older generation get up to in those nursing homes nowadays with Viagra and a bit of dirty telly. If I'm relieving the boredom, I'm glad I can help out."

The full interview appears in this week's issue of ES Magazine, Thursday, 20 July.

Tomb Raider is released later this year.