Anyone who knows me knows my deep deep love of the movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It is completely amazing and unique. Sheer perfection. We all are misfits on some level struggling to assert ourselves in life and love. At least in my view we are. This John Cameron Mitchell masterpiece and accompanying soundtrack by the equally talented Stephen Trask so gracefully address that epic search for true acceptance and our other half. Our twin flame or twin soul or, as Jamie tells me, the reason why my spine and lips seem to be feeling tingly, warm and energized lately, but that is a whole other strange story. I believe love is out there for each of us. It comes more easily for some than others, but we are all meant to find eventual fulfillment, as I believe love is our greatest reward and purpose.
In a movie filled with humor, heartache, empowerment, self-acceptance and beauty, this scene/song is my favorite. Hedwig looks so flawless and beautiful and her vulnerability shows here, as does the connection stirring between her and Tommy Gnosis, played by the bee-stung lipped Michael Pitt. Sigh. Yes, everything is right with this scene and the casting is a large part of the chemistry of this scene, although I recall reading a JCM interview when the movie came out and his saying he picked Pitt partly because he wasn’t personally attracted to him. Yay, I found the article:
|Q: Speaking of which, that Michael Pitt kid playing Tommy…(a teen heartthrob rocker named Tommy Gnosis is Hedwig’s lover and protégé until he plagiarizes and abandons her for MTV glory.)|
A: [Enthusiastically] He’s good, isn’t he?
|Q: He’s got everything that’s right about that age, about the egotistical aimlessness of that age. Then he’s got that pouty Leonardo DiCaprio look going on, which is just perfect. He seems a little bit tough, and a little bit vulnerable and a little bit boy-band, and a little bit fey, but definitely masculine. That must have been a really hard part to cast.|
A: It was. Though it was kind of fun because in the callbacks I always had to make out with them [smiles] — to see if they could handle it.
|Q: [Big laugh.]|
A: But I wasn’t, like, attracted to him at all — which was probably better. A director is often defeated by that. You see a lot of good directors who cast someone who’s pretty and you think “Why did they cast them?” Because they wanted to f**k them. And then they treat them differently on set. You get all these French directors who have all these pretty, vacuous stars of their movies — from Jean Seberg on — who have become iconic but were never really good actors.
I seriously love John Cameron Mitchell. He is so adorable, eloquent, intelligent and funny. Anyway, here is my favorite song/scene:
And who can forget this song. sigh.
Word on the street is JCM is writing a sequel for the broadway stage. I can’t wait and will be there when it hits the stage.