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Larry King Asks Gina Gershon Why She's a 'Gay Icon', Playing Donatella Versace: VIDEO


Larry King spoke with Gina Gershon on his Ora TV program  about her gay fan base and how she channeled Donatella Versace for this weekend's House of Versace Lifetime movie.

"I think gays like me because of Showgirls and because of Bound, those two movies...I dunno, spoke to them and they liked me from there.  And I think gays--when you have them as a fan base, they are loyal, extremely loyal -- I think after that, they were there."

She says she had a different of Showgirls going in than going out:

" know, when I went into Showgirls, I was really obsessed with all his Dutch films, you know, Verhoeven's  Dutch films, so I thought it would be really dark and know, and then I got onto the set and I was like, Oh, wow, this is a different--it was like the Wizard of Oz, going from the black and white to the technicolor. I just thought it was funny, but then I realized I don't think everyone was thinking it was funny.  I just thought, 'Oh, the drag queens will love me after this show.'"

On playing Donatella:

"You know, I listened to everything. I went to sleep listening to her. I listened to her before. But you know, this is the Lifetime version of the movie, and I think sometimes on TV, you know, I guess they like you to be understood. If it were up to me, I wish we could have subtitles, cause sometimes she talks and everything is kind of mushing into everything else."


See the House of Versace preview HERE.


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  1. Bear Hogan = (Paul) Verhoeven, the director of 'Showgirls.'

    Posted by: JK | Oct 2, 2013 1:05:28 PM

  2. Never heard of her. Hardly an icon.

    Also, copy editing might help.

    Posted by: ami | Oct 2, 2013 1:10:59 PM

  3. Never heard of her.

    Posted by: barney | Oct 2, 2013 1:24:10 PM

  4. Love her

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 2, 2013 1:33:40 PM

  5. Cristal Connors as Donnatella Versace? Oh hell yeah.

    Posted by: JWL | Oct 2, 2013 1:58:28 PM

  6. Larry obviously never watched Showgirls or Bound.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 2, 2013 1:58:29 PM

  7. Sorry you guys haven't heard of her, but she's definitely an LGBT icon. Ask a lesbian.

    Posted by: Frank | Oct 2, 2013 2:05:37 PM

  8. Showgirls is the bestest film in the whole wide world.

    Posted by: Gil | Oct 2, 2013 2:43:12 PM

  9. The last time I watched Showgirls (and I admit to 1 1/2 viewings) was at a party for the world's worst films. It won hands down. Although Gershon was somehow the saving grace of the film. Strange she uses this as the pinnacle of her career. Is it? She is so definitely wrong to play DV, Donatella only wishes she ever look remotely like Gershon. If Gina really wanted to "encompass" the role, she should have gone out on the interstate and let a semi roll over her face.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 2, 2013 4:44:12 PM

  10. Gina Gershon already did a parody of Donatella on Ugly Betty that must have served as her audition for House of Versace:

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Oct 2, 2013 9:43:03 PM

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