2001

Cinemagique

Cinemagique was made for Disney Studios theme park in Paris.  (It's the park just next to Disneyland , Paris.)

I play a wizard who weaves his magic and transports Martin Short's character from the audience into the actual film, whereupon he takes part in various famous films from history. Julie Delpy is the love interest. It's great fun spotting all the different films, and of course it's pretty cool going to Disneyland and being able to see yourself in one of the attractions.



Ex-S

I made a video diary documentary for BBC Scotland's Ex-S series.  It actually began at the end of 2000 as I was finishing up The Anniversary Party in LA, and then it focussed on my time in NYC doing Design For Living.  There is a very scary sequence in which I have everything shaved for an article I wrote for Marie Claire magazine!

It's so funny to look back at things like this and see what was going on in my life in such detail.  I don't feel I have changed, and I was still having fun, so hoorah!



Marie Claire article

I wrote an article for the August 2001 issue of Marie Claire about how it felt to do a series of every day things first as a man, then as a woman. You can read it here.



Kleopatra

This is a short film directed by Nick Philippou, loosely based on a story by Elisabeth Hauptmann, who was a collaborator and inspiration to Bertolt Brecht.

Here's what Nick has to say about it...

Kleopatra is set in New York (or any major city) at the beginning of the 21st century. A woman lives on the streest, the epitome of ugliness. An artist 'discovers' her and brings her into his world, making her an icon and a star for a while. The star that Kleopatra becomes is reflected in the artist's work -  he makes her a living sculpture for one night only.

 



American Theater Wing Seminar

A discussion about performance for City University TV



Lucille Lortel Awards

With Brooke Shields I hosted the Lucille Lortel awards



Sex and the City

Whilst I was appearing on Broadway in Design For Living, I guest-starred in an episode of Sex and the City in which I played 'O', a stylist from Dolce and Gabbana. O had the job of dressing Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) for a New York-style fashion show. The episode was the second of the season's double-bill premiere, and Ed Koch, Heidi Klum and Kevin Aucoin also made appearances.

I remembered how scary television is after doing this. When it came out, everywhere I went people kept saying 'me likey' and I couldn't understand why. Then I remembered that O said it a few times.  People still say it to me to this day actually.



Design for Living

Joe Mantello directed Noel Coward's play about three friends who are in love with each other, and who cannot seem to stay apart. I played Otto opposite Jennifer Ehle and Dominic West. The play opened at The American Airlines Theater on Broadway in March 2001.

I'd always wanted to do this play. I've seen it done, but never felt the true meaning of the play had ever come out. It was always one of these things that annoyed me. I thought it was such an extraordinary idea for three people to try and live together. Even now it's such a daring and provocative thing. To discuss it in the 1930s must have been an extraordinary thing. I also love Noel Coward and I love the subject matter. I love being questioned in my life and doing art that questions preconceived ideas.

It's a really hard play to do though, because you ask the audience to go on a journey that ends with them not really liking the main characters very much.  I love that notion, but it's not a common one for most mainstream theatregoers to experience.


2000

Josie and The Pussycats

Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont wrote and directed this live action update of the cult cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats, about an all girl pop group. I played Wyatt Frame, the band's manager, who has an evil agenda for our three heroines. 

I was in the middle of editing The Anniversary Party while making this film. I was back and forth from LA to Vancouver all the time. Parker Posey and I are the two baddies. We were absolutely shameless. It's some of the most shameless acting I've ever done, and that is saying something 'cause I've done some shameless acting in my time. I also have this big hunk of plastic roast beef from the set in my house.

The film stars Rachel Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson as the eponymous heroines. 



Talk Shows

Here I am on Regis and Kathie Lee plugging The Flinstones movie, except Regis was off and it's Howie Mandel instead.

Then there's a compilation with several interviews including an appearance on The Conan O'Brien Show when I hosted Saturday Night Live and other items about The Flinstones and God, the Devil and Bob,

Then I'm plugging Titus on MTV's Hot Zone, Regis and Kathie Lee again (though it's Regis' wife Joy instead of Kathie Lee -  do you sense a pattern here?), something from The Flinstones on Fox 11