In the new movie Killer Joe, Matthew McConaughey (playing a psychotic killer) beats up Gina Gershon and forces her to perform fellatio (oral sex) on a fried chicken leg that he holds in front of his crotch.
"It's pretty gnarly, isn't it? I've never been in a movie where I had a hard time watching the scene … I actually turned away, which I've never done. And in my movies, I've done some crazy stuff, but this is the craziest!"
Yeah, that sounds pretty crazy. She originally passed on the role for the play version, specifically because of that scene but when, years later, it came back her way as a movie, she couldn't resist.
"That scene was definitely something I was not looking forward to. It wasn't a very funny scene. It's one of those things where you're like, 'Let's just go for it and do it' and in one take, you're done, you know?
A long time ago, [writer] Tracy Letts offered me the play version, and I was thinking, 'He's such a great writer, he writes such incredible characters, and what a great part,' and then I got to that scene, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I cannot do this eight times a week.' It's the only project I've actually ever been nervous about or scared thinking I can't go there.
So when it came up again, ten years later, with Friedkin directing, I was like, 'Arrgh! There's that part again!' And I kind of had to do it. It was such a great cast, and William Friedkin, how do you not do a movie with him? And Tracy's an amazing writer. And luckily, I like chicken a lot!"
And not just any chicken. A very specific chicken.
"I made sure they got Coop's Chicken; that's my favorite chicken in New Orleans. There are many chicken places in New Orleans, and I said it had to be Coop's. It's just really good chicken! And luckily, we just did it one take — you know, me and Matthew, we're professionals — but I had thought, If we're going to be doing this take after take after take, I better like the chicken. It's just the right texture, the right seasoning, not too greasy."
Actually sounds pretty good. You should be their spokesperson, Gina.
"I should be their spokesperson. I want to become their spokesperson. It'd be nice to get a gig from this movie. I should be someone's spokesperson, I think, right? It'd be a whole new job."
Whoa, we just said the same thing. Crazzzy! LOLz!
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