Hugh Hefner’s beady eyes probably turned to scantily clad dollar signs when he first clocked Hollywood up-and-comer Margot Robbie during a trip to the cinema.
And those who have seen the actress’ naked scenes in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, in which she stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, would no doubt agree she has some great pulling power.
"I loved American Hustle [and] Wolf of Wall Street and [Leonardo] DiCaprio in it. He was very, very good,” he told US Magazine.
However, it wasn’t DiCaprio’s theatrical ‘assets’ that really piqued his attention.
"And the girl that plays [Jordan Belfort's] wife in [Wolf of Wall Street] is very, very pretty," he noted, failing to recall her by name (or mention her outstanding contribution as a talented member of the award-winning ensemble cast).
Margot Robbie Facts & Figure(s)
Margot Robbie Facts & Figure(s)
1/9 Margot Fact 1: She fought off Kristen Stewart and Jessica Biel to score the role in Scorsese's Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.
2/9 Margot Fact 2: She admitted to indulging in a spot of Dutch courage before shooting sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street: "I did three shots of tequila at like nine in the morning, right before doing it," she said.
3/9 Margot Fact 3: Her nickname is 'Maggot'. "It started when I was five, Grade One and I detested it," she said. "By the time I was eight I realised it wasn't going anywhere so I embraced it but when I moved to Melbourne people started calling me it and I hadn't even told them it was my nickname."
4/9 Margot Fact 4: She's already been the subject of an affair scandal. "There's absolutely no truth to the ridiculous rumor. It's disappointing that goofing around on set could be taken so out of context," she said of reports she'd hooked up with Focus co-star Will Smith
5/9 Margot Fact 5: She's a fast food junky. Sickeningly. "I don't have a very good diet," she admitted recently. "I love beer, fries, burgers, but if I have to get in a bikini then I eat carrot sticks for three days. I'm one extreme or the other."
6/9 Margot Fact 6: She scored her big break in Aussie soap Neighbours playing Donna Freeman... Until her character was written out in 2011.
7/9 Margot Fact 8: Margot was once a "sandwich artist" at a local Subway. Apparently.
8/9 Margot Fact 9: She wanted to be a Charlie's Angel in the modern adaptations, but was rejected during the audition phase.
9/9 Margot Fact 10: And the greatest fact of all. She has memorised whole scenes from 1993 slap-stick laugh-a-thon Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
"She should be in Playboy," he exclaimed, before demanding his assistant, "Send her a message" immediately.
"We're ready for her," he continued. "She would be great."
As of yet, Robbie’s camp are yet to confirm – or deny – whether they have in fact received such a message. Or indeed, whether she would ever accept.
"I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful," she told the Telegraph recently.
"If they’ve put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that’s disgusting."
So. It seems unlikely, then.
But Hefner has a habit of securing deals with IT girls for his cover. And if she were to give the nod, she’d join the likes of Kate Moss, Drew Barrymore and Kim Kardashian in the long list of successful women who have graced the front of the glossy.