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Actor Spalding Gray held a special encore performance of his latest monologue, “It’s a Slippery Slope,” in downtown Manhattan Thursday night. The occasion: the release of the album version of “It’s a Slippery Slope,” Gray’s tragicomic (but mostly comic) take on learning to ski, his mother’s suicide, and the joys of becoming a father at age 52. The disc, Gray’s first, was produced by Grammy-winning singer and longtime fan James Taylor.

One highlight of Gray’s riotous 90-minute performance: While playing a suicidal man in Steven Soderbergh’s “King of the Hill” (1993), the actor wandered off the New Orleans set between takes still dressed in character — with slit wrists and blood-spattered clothes. To get a rise out of the easygoing locals, Gray went into a pharmacy, held up his bloody wrists, and shouted in his clipped Rhode Island accent, “Do you have anything for this?”

Speaking with EW Online, Soderbergh (“sex, lies, and videotape”) confirmed the story: “That’s the great thing about Spaulding. You never know if he’s just having fun or already working on his next monologue.”

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