Leslie Jordan Was Told To Butch It Up By Director Until Helen Mirren Intervened

leslie_jordanI just got back from New Orleans. I am in Episode 4 and 5 of American Horror Story. I spent 14 hours on the set with only myself, Jessica Lange, Francis Conroy and Robin Bartlett the last day of my shooting. Honey, get ready. There was Emmy award-winning acting coming at me from all sides. But I held my own. Yes Ma’am, this old sitcom queen dug in and gave it my all. It reminded me of a movie that I had a small part in a few years ago with Miss Helen Mirren. It was called Love Ranch and was directed by her brilliant husband, Taylor Hackford. The movie was about the first legal brothel in the state of Nevada and my part was the traveling ‘butt plug salesman.’ I ain’t kidding. That is the way I was listed in the script. Mr. Hackford insisted that I sell those butt plugs as if they were the finest china. He came over once hemming and hawing. What he wanted was for me to ‘butch it up a bit.’ The butt plug salesman was too nelley!!! Miss Helen jumped immediately to my defense. ‘Oh for God’s sake, Taylor, let him do what he does so well!’ Best compliment I’ve ever had. And she played The Queen!!!”


— Out actor Leslie Jordan, in an anecdote he shared on his Facebook page

h/t: Greg In Hollywood

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  • kodi_kanuck

    Now this made me chuckle…. Nice tid bit that lifted my spirit

  • Jackhoffsky

    I love Leslie Jordan, I really do. This made me smile so much.

  • scott747

    Love it! Sticking up for integrity no matter how “Nellie!”

  • Will

    I needed a good laugh this morning. Thanks Queerty… and, of course, Leslie

  • Shadeaux

    That gurl is a mess! I would LOVE for him to have his own show!

  • jwrappaport

    God I love him in Boston Legal.

  • crowebobby

    @Shadeaux: A whole show might be like a five-course meal of nothing but chocolate truffles, but I do love him. Wish we could see much more of him.

  • Kieran

    What would an American movie be without some gay comic relief?

  • Kangol

    I love that Helen Mirren basically said to Leslie Jordan, Do your thang, Miss Thang!

  • Kathukid

    Asking Leslie to butch it up is like asking a dolphin to walk. Too funny.

  • QJ201

    Brother Boy!!!!

    I swear if this was posted on TR there would be 12 trolls screaming how they hate unmasculine gay men.

  • Fourltrfred

    I love Leslie Jordan! Can’t wait to see him on American Horror Story.

  • Ogre Magi

    He reminds me of an old Southern Grandmaw

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