Even if Anjelica Huston was just known for Morticia Addams, she’d be a gay icon.
But then, the profile interview with Vulture came out yesterday (1 May).
The actor intended to promote her new film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
But the far more interesting quotes included her fight with Oprah and Jack Nicholson’s drug use, and Woody Allen.
But she also stoked controversy.
She said she would work with Woody Allen in a ‘second. She also defended Roman Polanski.
Huston also defended Jeffrey Tambor after he was accused of sexual misconduct on Amazon trans show Transparent.
She suggested Tambor’s actions may have been ‘misinterpreted’.
Huston said: ‘In so far as I was concerned, nobody did or said anything inappropriate …
‘[Actors] have to feel as though we can say and do things that are not necessarily judged, particularly by the other people in the cast or crew.”
On her first nasty critic:
Vulture: I probably wouldn’t have quoted it had you not included it in your memoir.
Huston: ‘No, I completely accept that. I think the news there is he’s dead and I’m not.’
You think he’s dead?
‘He must be.’
I was curious myself. I looked him up. He’s 93 years old – He’s alive.
‘He’s dead as far as I’m concerned.’
‘She never had me on her show, ever. She won’t talk to me.
‘The only encounter I’ve had with Oprah was when I was at a party for the Academy Awards, a private residence.
‘I was talking to Clint Eastwood, and she literally came between us with her back to me. So all of the sudden I was confronted with the back of Oprah’s head.’
Do you think it’s fair to say it’s because you beat her?
‘Well, nobody else would dislike me so much as to literally, physically come in between the person I was talking with that way. But I admire Oprah. God knows, she’s made some big steps.’
On Eddie Murphy:
‘Well, if you’re playing all seven parts in your own movie, you probably get a little delusional
‘We remarked that the day Eddie was most approachable was the day he’d received some really bad reviews for some other movie that had just come out while we were working on this one. Suddenly, he had this humility and sweetness.’
Frankly, a lot of male movie stars behave in an offhand manner, like they’re just more important than you are.
On Bill Murray:
‘He was a shit to me on Life Aquatic. The first week I was there, we were all in this little hotel, and he invited the entire cast to go and have dinner, except me.
‘And everyone came down for dinner, a little dog-faced about my not being invited, and they were all like, “Oh, you know, we don’t really want to go.” That was worse than anything.’
Am I missing something? You seem like such a nice person.
‘You never know. I was really hurt. And then I think we met again in Florence, because that movie was shot all over Italy, and we were doing a scene at Gore Vidal’s house in Ravello, and he said, “Hey, how’ve you been? I missed you.”
‘I said, “You’re full of shit. You didn’t miss me.” He looked all confused for a moment. He’s been a little nicer to me since.’
On Ryan O’Neal:
You wrote in your memoir that you kissed Ryan O’Neal on his dining-room table for six hours. I was trying to picture it, and I concluded that this couldn’t factually be true.
But your back. What about your back?
‘I was young. My back was like liquid amber.’
Ryan sounded like he was a psychopath with you.
‘Yes, I think he was. He head-butted me. He took my head in his hands and hit it with full force against his head because he couldn’t find me at a party. He’s a deeply disturbed — or at least was then; I can’t vouch for now, but I think he was — deeply disturbed person.’
On Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
Is this why we see Robert De Niro in terrible movies?
‘Although, how big can this nut be? I guess he has maybe a couple of ex-wives, right? Not many, but what does this fellow spend his money on? He’s got Nobu. He’s got the Tribeca Film Festival — he’s not spending the film money on that.’
Al Pacino’s done some unfortunate straight-to-video stuff too.
‘Pacino does some schlock. But in some way he’s forgiven, because he always goes out on a limb and does Salomé all by himself. Pacino is more experimental, I think. But Bobby, I don’t know the last thing that I’ve seen him in that I thought, Wow, he’s really cracking it.’