People: May 11, 1970

At Rome's Cinecitta film complex, craftsmen are putting the finishing touches on an 18-ft., 550-lb. plaster statue of a male nude who could be a cousin of Michelangelo's David. From the neck up it is David—David Niven, that is. Niven has never seen the colossus, which is intended for his aptly titled film The Statue. His features were copied from photos. But he has learned that it deviates in one significant way from the prototype. "The statue has a fig leaf," the actor notes. "And quite a large one too!"

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