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Much of the new Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand is famously shot using green-screen technology, where sets and backgrounds are not "real," but are instead created by CGI.

So what of the other much-talked-about aspect of the series, the show's vaunted sex scenes and female and male nudity? How real are those?

First, ask yourself: do you really want to know? But if you're not worried about it spoiling the illusion, read on!

Some of the nudity is absolutely "real." Those really are Lucy Lawless's breasts, and many of the extras are obviously really naked.

But some of it is also, well, the magic of television.

Lawless made a big impact at the Television Critics Association conference in July when she told reporters she'd been fitted for a "merkin," or pubic wig -- a red one at that. »

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