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Andy Cohen chats with gay porn legend Ryan Idol!

on Sep 25, 2007

WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING IN A BROADWAY SHOW?
I don't believe there's a hard thing. I believe if you love what you do and love the people you work with then it's all good. There's nothing to complain about. I love working with Rosie Perez and Kevin Chamberlin and Brooks Ashmanskas and all the others!

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING IN A PLAY WITH ROSIE PEREZ?
I really think Rosie is fabulous. I've never been starstruck. We have a scene in there where she has a number that she's performing in the bathhouse and we get to watch as though we're in the audience. Terrence McNally's play is beyond farce and Joe Mantello's direction is right on. I leave there every night with a smile on my face. I enjoy all the other leads as well. Kevin Chamberlin is right on and Brooks Ashmanskas and Lenny Venito, who's a famous actor in movies. It's a cast loaded with stars and great performances...

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO WILL GO TO THE SHOW EXPECTING TO SEE RYAN IDOL NAKED?
I don't know what to say. We're in a bathhouse and that's what I can say. We're in a bathhouse. I can't say one way or another..

TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON NEXT.
It's a show called 'My Messy Bedroom: Anatomy of an Idol". It begins with my childhood story and continues through the rise and fall of Ryan Idol and then the after... I collaborated with a bunch of writers who I paid to collaborate with, and at this point and time am working hands on with Jerry Douglas who's a writer/director in the adult industry. We were going to put this up this fall until "The Ritz" came along, which I couldn't pass up.

WOULD YOU EVER DO ANOTHER ADULT FILM?
No. I have retired from that as of 1996. There was speculation that I would return, but that was other people and their manipulative mouths wanting to make money off me. Someone said it was God's interest for me to go back into gay porn and that's when I knew I couldn't. It's a 4 billion dollar-plus industry a year with no union or anything close and people die all the time, even recently someone died of an overdose... And it continues, so it's a sore subject with me.

WELL GOOD LUCK ON BROADWAY, MARC ANTHONY!
Thanks!

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