Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Queen of Comedy

 I just re-watched "The King of Comedy" -- Martin Scorsese's dark and unsettling look at celebrity -- the other month, and boy does it hold up beautifully. (I tricked Michael into watching it by telling him it was a "comedy," when in fact it is one of the most disturbing and depressing films of all time.) To celebrate its 30th anniversary, star Robert DeNiro -- aka Rupert Pupkin -- will close his Tribeca Film Festival later this month with a screening of the newly restored version of the classic, which won over far more critics than theatergoers. Dave Itzkoff of Arts Beat caught up with costar Sandra Bernhard -- who played the hypnotically unhinged Masha -- to ask about the role that launched her offbeat career. Fascinating to hear that Ellen Barkin, Debra Winger and every other actress in Hollywood was up for the role of Masha, who Sandra now says was a lot closer to who she really was at the time than she would like to admit. (And it wouldn't be an interview with Sandra Bernhard if she didn't "accidentally" get a jab in at someone -- this time Chelsea Handler.) Read HERE.

She also talks Madonna on National Geographic's '80s special HERE.

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