Stupid Questions

Stupid Questions

This week with...Gina Gershon

She's played everything from an ex-con plumber to a Sin City showgirl to a Hasidic dry cleaner -- most of them same-sexual, bisexual, or just hypersexual. But now Gina Gershon is playing herself: The IFC docuseries Rocked With Gina Gershon (debuting April 9) chronicles her coming-out tour as a musician, a role she portrayed in the indie flick Prey for Rock and Roll. Let's see if she can riff on some Stupid Questions.

THE SHOW IS CALLED ROCKED WITH GINA GERSHON. TALK TO ME ABOUT THE BRAVE DECISION TO NOT CALL IT ROCK'D WITH GINA GERSHON.

Actually, I wanted to called it F -- -ed With Gina Gershon, but they wouldn't go for it.

YOU'VE EARNED LEGENDARY LESBIAN CRED WITH YOUR ROLES IN BOUND AND SHOWGIRLS. DO YOU WATCH THE L WORD AND THINK, ''OH, PLEASE! I COULD OUT-LEZ YOU PEOPLE TIED UP AND GAGGED!''?

Now that I'm an allegedbian, I think it's time to pass on the full-on lesbian torch.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR SEXINESS IN BOUND WAS DIMINISHED BY THE FACT THAT YOUR CHARACTER'S NAME WAS CORKY?

3.5 percent. If they'd gone with my idea to name her Matilda, it would've been a slam dunk.

LET'S PLAY A LITTLE GAME I LIKE TO CALL HIT ON GINA GERSHON. READY?

Uh-huh.

So...how you doin'?

Fine.

YOU KNOW, I CRIED DURING YOUR ONE SCENE IN PRETTY IN PINK.

Ummm,nice.

OKAY, THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT. DID I JUST LOSE THE GAME I LIKE TO CALL HIT ON GINA GERSHON?

I don't get the game.

I DON'T EITHER. AT WHAT POINT INTO FILMING SHOWGIRLS DID YOU 911 YOUR AGENT? The first 10 minutes I was on the set.

A SPECIAL EDITION OF SHOWGIRLS WILL BE RELEASED ON DVD THIS SUMMER. LET'S RE-CREATE YOUR COMMENTARY TRACK RIGHT HERE.

Showgirls may cause drowsiness. Alcohol may intensify this effect. Please use care when operating a car or machinery while watching Showgirls.

YOU'RE STARRING IN AN ABC SITCOM PILOT CALLED HOT MAMA, AS A ''COOL SINGLE MOM.'' A TECHNICAL QUESTION: HOW WILL THE ''HOT'' PART OF THE MOM STAY HOT WHILE THE ''COOL'' PART STAYS COOL? WILL THIS BE THE COMEDY EQUIVALENT OF A MCDLT?

It'll be more like an allegorical Big Mac. Kind of like The Passion.

WHEN YOU PLAYED A DETECTIVE ON ABC'S SHORT-LIVED SNOOPS, DID YOU EVER THINK THE THING YOU SHOULD'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR WAS A NEW SHOW TITLE?

I wanted to call it Super Psychic Private Eye Detective. Like, ''How do you know?'' And she'd look at the audience, wink, and say, ''I just know.''

YOU USED TO BOX WITH BOB DYLAN. EVER PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE AND SAY, ''HOW DOES IT FEEEEL...TO BE JACKED BY GINA?''

I hit him really hard and knocked him down.

WHAT? WERE YOU LIKE, ''HOLY CRAP, WHAT HAVE I DONE TO THIS LIVING LEGEND?''

I started crying.

WHAT DID HE SAY?

He said, ''Hey, I need a good woman to kick my ass every now and then.''

Originally posted Apr 16, 2004 Published in issue #760 Apr 16, 2004 Order article reprints