John Travolta as Hairspray‘s Edna Turnblad… and Harvey Fierstein at this year’s Tonys
Gay playwright/actor Harvey Fierstein had some choice words for John Travolta‘s wig closet this past Sunday. Harvey won two Tonys for Torch Song Trilogy and one for writing the book to La Cage aux Folles. He originated (and won a Tony) for the role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway musical Hairspray… But then Travolta swooped in and nabbed the part in the film version.
Does Fierstein bear a grudge? Who knows, but here’s what he had to say while collecting a free mattress and other insane swag at the gifting suite for the 66th Annual Tony Awards.
Evan Mulvihill: Can you talk?
Harvey Fierstein: Yeah, I just won a bed. Of course I’ll talk.
What goes on in your bed? Is it your special space?
Yes. I happen to like sleeping a lot. It is my special space. It’s where the magic happens.
You already got a bed some years ago at the Tonys gifting suite.
That was years ago.
Do you love the Tempurpedic?
I love the BeautyRest even better! I know how this is done. This is America. I be lovin’ this sh*t.
You seem to be a big fan of the gifting suite.
They give you sh*t. They give you sh*t. There’s nothing better. Let me just put it this way: I’m one of the two Harveys here today, because there’s Harvey the Invisible Rabbit.
Ooh, he is young. [touches my head] Look how young! [pinches my cheeks hard, no joke] Look how young! Don’t say that to Jim Parsons! Jim Parsons is starring in a show right now called Harvey, about an invisible rabbit.
Is the invisible rabbit in his closet?
[long pause] He’s openly gay!
Not for so long. He just came out.
I thought he was always openly gay. They always take a while. Look at John Travolta, he’s changing his wig every hour. A new wig every hour, and yet the closet door stays closed. He only opens the closet that has the wigs in it. First he had short hair, now he had long hair, then he had short hair, then he had long hair. I gotta go!
Are we to believe the National Enquirer?
Don’t you believe everything you read in the National Enquirer?
Harvey backstage at the Tonys