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Kathleen Turner tells it like it is.
The iconic Hollywood star, now 64, has pretty much seen it all during her decades in the business — and she has no time to sugarcoat her experiences.
Opening up for a profile in Vulture, Turner dished on a number of subjects, including Donald Trump’s “gross” handshake, difficulties with the Friends cast and her “asshole” Peggy Sue Got Married co-star, Nic Cage.
Aside from luck, Turner told Vulture “rage” has driven her career.
“I’m fuckin’ angry, man,” said the actress who starred in such ’80s classics as Body Heat, Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor.
While on the topic on “injustices” that made her angry, Turner told the story about some of Hollywood’s biggest male stars who had a competition to bed her first.
“You have to remember that my first big role was Body Heat, and after that I was a sexual target. I understood later, from Michael Douglas, that there was a competition between him and Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty about who would get me first. None of them did, by the by,” she said. “I don’t like being thought of as a trophy.”
Turner also revealed she wasn’t thrilled with her time working on Friends as Chandler Bing’s cross-dressing father.
“I’ll be quite honest, which is my wont: I didn’t feel very welcomed by the cast,” she said. “I remember I was wearing this difficult sequined gown — and my high heels were absolutely killing me. I found it odd that none of the actors thought to offer me a seat. Finally it was one of the older crew members that said, ‘Get Miss Turner a chair.’ The Friends actors were such a clique — but I don’t think my experience with them was unique. I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered.”
Turner also has a Trump story.
“He has this gross handshake,” she said. “He goes to shake your hand and with his index finger kind of rubs the inside of your wrist. He’s trying to do some kind of seductive intimacy move. You pull your hand away and go yuck.”
The actress also didn’t hold back about her time working with Cage on Peggy Sue Got Married and the bizarre direction he decided to go with his character.
“It was tough to not say, ‘Cut it out.’ But it wasn’t my job to say to another actor what he should or shouldn’t do,” she said. “So I went to [director] Francis [Ford Coppola]. I asked him, ‘You approved this choice?’ It was very touchy. He [Nicolas Cage] was very difficult on set. But the director allowed what Nicolas wanted to do with his role, so I wasn’t in a position to do much except play with what I’d been given. If anything, it [Cage’s portrayal] only further illustrated my character’s disillusionment with the past. The way I saw it was, yeah, he was that asshole.”
When asked if she was referring to Cage or his character, Turner responded, “Listen, I made it work, honey.”
Read the full interview here.
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