Thursday, August 21, 2008

The New York Post reports that Cynthia Nixon will play Penny Arcade in the sequel to “The Naked Civil Servant” which will star John Hurt as Quentin Crisp. Quentin Crisp and Penny Arcade were quite good friends, the Post reports, and they co-created "The Last Will and Testament of Quentin Crisp," in which Arcade interviewed Crisp on stage.

Ok, so – look, I’m not one to bring anyone down unnecessarily, but the insanely obviously neon pink elephant in the room – at least as far as I’m concerned – is that Cynthia Nixon is a tall, young, elegant, pale, redhead and Penny Arcade is a short, punchy, darkhaired, middle aged New Yorker of European descent. What’s the aesthetic crossover? Hello? Casting?

The thing is, casting glitch or not it might be nice for Penny to have something else to talk about besides how important her show Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! was 16 years ago though, so I’m all for it.

There have been several occasions where I’ve actually spoken with Penny and she almost always has something genuinely interesting to say. The trouble is, you have to stand there and listen to 30 minutes of non stop self aggrandizement from her with not one air break before you get those three interesting things. You never know when they’ll pop up so you just have to stick in there. I’ve seen people fade out and not make it to the end but I always have. Amazingly enough. [source]

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