Wild Thing: Tarzan Star Alexander Skarsgard Strips Down to Skivvies (but Keeps His Tux Top!) at MTV Movie Awards

MTV Movie Awards 2016: Tarzan Star Alexander Skarsgard Presents in His Underwear
Alexander Skarsgard (left) and Samuel L. Jackson
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04/10/2016 AT 10:25 PM EDT

Alexander Skarsgard wasn't afraid to go method at this year's MTV Movie Awards.

The Legend of Tarzan star, 39, chose to present the night's top award, movie of the year, in his tighty whities – a decision he attributes to his latest movie role.

"You're not wearing any pants," co-presenter and Tarzan costar Samuel L. Jackson said while stating the obvious.

"Nope, no pants," Skarsgard replied, his gams flapping in the wind.

"Why?" Jackson inquired, even if we're not quite sure he wanted to know the answer.

"Me Tarzan," Skarsgard said knowingly. "Gotta give the fans a little skin."

Skarsgard, who was fully attired in a bow tie and tuxedo jacket from the waist up, said he considered going a different route, but thought his chosen look might add a little je ne sais quoi to the evening.

"I was going to go shirtless, but then someone told me Zac Efron did that two years ago here," he explained.

"It was a historic moment," Jackson offered.

Skarsgard said he instead chose to shed his pants because "it's just as sexy, but a little bit classier and – dare I say – more sophisticated. No offense, Mr. Efron."

Jackson seemingly pretended to agree with him.

"You definitely do look classy and sophisticated," he said, clearing his throat for emphasis.
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