Hard to believe the film version of Torch Song Trilogy (R, 121 mins., 1988, New Line) addressed then-taboo social issues like same-sex parentage and antigay violence when it, er, came out at the height of the AIDS crisis. Feisty Fierstein rang up EW moments before slipping into a dress for a matinee of Hairspray.
On the extras, you say that Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick worked for ”nothing.”
Actors will always work for nothing! We have to act in a lot of s — – to pay the bills, so when we find material we love, we bite.
You make a swipe at an unnamed closeted actor. Care to elaborate?
No. I would never out that actor, because somebody who thinks they have to hide would be the worst spokesperson for our community!
Did you really starve yourself for a year for this role?
Could you do it again?
[Laughs] As I sit here eating! I don’t know that my older body could do what my younger body did.