Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks fantastic in the nude, photographed from behind for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine -- even if the faux-tattoo on her back is historically inaccurate.
Happily, the photographic faux-up seems right in line with the actress' potty-mouthed character on HBO's "Veep": any excuse to curse.
"Once, when we were trying to come up with the particular perfect, horrible, swear-y thing to say in 'Veep,' I said, 'You do realize that if we were 12, we would get in big trouble for this conversation,'" she tells the magazine. "That was not part of the curriculum in high school, and the fact that it is now a part of the curriculum of my life is a pleasure, which is the understatement of the universe."
While the shot clearly paints her with a sexy brush, the "Seinfeld" and "New Adventures of Old Christine" alum has her own take on being a woman in Hollywood.
"There is sexism -- I'm not denying its existence," she says. "But I'm saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, 'Get out of my way.' "
The 53-year-old seemed to expect the cover to generate social-media buzz, even before the gaffe was snarkily pointed out.
"I think I'm about to get some more Twitter followers..." she tweeted ahead of the image hitting the Internet on Tuesday, later adding, "In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor,' " along with a link to the mag's interview excerpts.
Some of those tweeps, however, were looking less at the actress' flawless fanny-curve and more at the fake ink on her back, which shows part of the U.S. Constitution, signed by one John Hancock. That'd be the Hancock who famously and flamboyantly autographed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
"Hancock signed Dec. of Independence NOT Constitution," Louis-Dreyfus tweeted Wednesday. "Yet another Mike ... up. Dummy.#veep #crackexcuse @VeepHBO @mrmattwalsh."
Matt Walsh plays Mike McLintock, hapless public-relations pro to fictional Vice President Selina Meyer and the butt of countless jokes on the cable comedy.
"The Declaration of Independence is on the other side, but we couldn't fit in all the signatures," Melissa Bruno, Wenner Media publicity director, told the New York Daily News on Wednesday.
Wait, on the other side of what? Of Louis-Dreyfus? Now, that would be some cover.
The issue of Rolling Stone featuring the "Veep" star hits newsstands Friday.