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Independent “Women”: “To Wong Foo,” The Original Drag Race Across America

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By:           Eric Shorey
On:           Jul 4, 2013
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    • Harley
      Harley

      To Wong Fu came out around the same time as Priscilla, Queen of the desert. While TWF had the advantage of having 3 big name stars, Priscilla was,in my opinion, a much more entertaining movie. And more realistic. Drag queens I know personally dress for show but live their daily lives as men, more or less. Whereas TWF showed them dressed to the hilt 24 hrs a day. Still, both movies are fun to watch. My vote is for the costumes in Priscilla.

      Jul 4, 2013 at 9:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christopher22
      Christopher22

      WOW. Wanted to read your article, but those jumping, twitching images just made me nauseous.

      Jul 4, 2013 at 10:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eldred
      Eldred

      Growing up, To Wong Foo was one my Mother’s favorite movies. I’ve always loved it since I watched it so much. It’s one of my favorites, and it came on TV twice last month. Priscilla, I hadn’t seen until I was 16 and a (closeted at the time) gay artist friend was trying to gauge my reaction to homosexuality before he came out to me. Little did either of us know, the way he would come out would be me topping him on the couch of his rented studio space. Good times.

      Jul 4, 2013 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      @Harley: Too Wong Foo came out AFTER Priscilla. It was the American remake, which made many Australians pissed. Priscilla did win the Oscar for best costume design… the designer accepting in a dress made entirely of American Express cards. LOL.

      Jul 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teleny
      Teleny

      Priscilla is the better flick on many levels, but “Too Wong Fu is abut more fun. But why do DraqQueens and Tranz always end up on a road trip (Trans Anerica)?

      Jul 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vegas Tearoom
      Vegas Tearoom

      OMG and now they are bringing the Mama Mia version of Priscilla to Vegas! (Why no Miss GIF for Coco?)

      Jul 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Miss Understood
      Miss Understood

      I was in the opening pageant scene of To Wong Foo. Though it looks short, our scene took 2 weeks to rehearse and four days to film. Patrick was very respectful and friendly to the queens, he always took time to make conversation with each one of us. He even sent us each a gift afterward, an inscribed purse mirror from Tiffany!

      Rupaul kept trying to ad lib and jazz up the stiff lines they gave her but they told her to go with the script. She tried to say “I’m so excited I could just pee!” instead of “just spit”.

      While I greatly enjoyed the experience of being on the set of a film I agree that Priscilla was a far better, smarter film. Wong Foo was too hokey and formulaic. I also hated that the queens had zero sexuality. Priscilla had the unexpected romance between the older characters which was wonderful.

      Jul 5, 2013 at 7:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @Jackhoffsky: Actually, To Wong Foo was in development before The Adventures of Priscilla. The films while superficially similar have completely different subjects. Priscilla is about a gay man/drag queen coming to terms with his own identity and his fatherhood. While To Wong Foo is a movie about women and women’s issues, using the “ladies” (drag queens) as an allegorical tool about what it means “to be a real woman”.

      Jul 5, 2013 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      Thanks for the history lesson between the two movies. Great to know. I agree with the other commentators. These movies are not apples to apples similar other then about drag queens doing cross country. It’s just hard to believe that they came out 20 effing years ago. I remember seeing Priscilla at my local theater like it was yesterday. Good times.

      Jul 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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