Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a martial arts instructor in the new David Mamet film, Redbelt. Before starring in movies, Ejiofor was a prominent stage actor in England. Since then, he's appeared in Dirty Pretty Things, Children of Men and American Gangster.
Playwright, female impersonator, and novelist Charles Busch. His play, "Psycho Beach Party" has been made into a new film. His play, the camp classic, "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom," was the longest-running play in Off-Broadway history. His other plays include, "Red Scare on Sunset" and a show which parodied the variety shows of the 60s, "The Charles Busch Revue," in which he made seven costume changes in an hour and 15 minutes. Busch's also wrote a novel, "Whores of Lost Atlantis." (REBROADCAST from 7/29/93)
Actor, singer and drag queen Ru Paul. The six-foot seven entertainer is even taller in heels and has fashioned for himself a supermodel persona. He attributes his mainstream appeal to his non-threatening sexuality and his “non-bitchy” drag queen personality. Ru Paul is appearing out of drag in the new comedy “But I’m A Cheerleader.” He plays an ex-gay rehab counselor. Ru Paul’s other films include “Crooklyn,” “The Brady Bunch Movie,” and “Wigstock the Movie.” (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW).
Emily Wortis Leider has written a new biography of Mae West, "Becoming Mae West" (Farrar, Straus, Giroux). Leider’s book examines the early, formative years of West who was famous for witty one-liners, promiscuity, and being censored. Mae West started out as a vaudeville performer before launching a successful career in film. In the 1930’s she starred in "She Done Him Wrong," based on her play "Diamond Lil" and "I'm No Angel," two of her biggest films.
Terry Jones was member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. He did much of the writing for the troupe and directed most of their movies. Jones now writes children's books in England. He's been involved with two recent films, "Nuns on the Run," and "Splitting Heirs." (Rebroadcast).
Actor, comedian, filmmaker, and author Michael Palin. In the fall of 1988, Palin recreated the journey Jules Verne described in "Around the World in 80 Days." Palin turned his journey into a very successful 8-part TV BBC series. He is of course also known for his tenure as a member of Monthy Python's Flying Circus and his appearances in "The Missionary" and "A Fish Called Wanda." He's also appearing in the new film "Fierce Creatures" which was co-written by John Cleese. (REBROADCAST FROM 4/17/90)
The playwright, female impersonator, and novelist wrote the camp classic, "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom." It was the longest-running play in Off-Broadway history. His other plays include, "Psycho Beach Party," and "Red Scare on Sunset." A show which parodied the variety shows of the 60s, "The Charles Busch Revue," featured seven costume changes in an hour and 15 minutes. Busch also wrote a novel, "Whores of Lost Atlantis." He currently stars in the one-man show in New York City, "Flipping My Wig." (REBROADCAST from 7/29/93)