john cameron mitchell on michael pitt
john cameron mitchell directed and starred opposite michael pitt in “hedwig and the angry inch” (2001). he did a running commentary at a screening of the movie at the portland queer film festival, portland, oregon, 10.15.16. he had this to say:
jcm: (commenting on the scene of michael’s character, tommy, jerking off in the tub) he was actually jerking off. he was a method actor. i said ‘you don’t have to,’ he was like ‘i feel that i should.’
audience member: did you finish him off?
jcm: i didn’t jerk him off. it was not that method.
jcm: he was a pain in my ass.
audience member: i heard he’s a dick now.
jcm: i liked him… no, he’s just… *exasperated sigh* he’s just… crazy. sweet, though. he just needs someone to… he used to be like a gutter punk, you know, and a go-go boy. he’s just… he needs some love, you know.
jcm: that was my t-shirt and he fucking stole it. he was a thief. he took my hoodie…
audience member: maybe he likes you.
jcm: i guess. it’s like ‘punch him if you can’t kiss him’? i don’t know.
jcm: he was definitely scared of kissing me.
audience member: didn’t you kiss in the audition?
jcm: we kissed in the audition. i didn’t… i wasn’t attracted to him. at all. but he would chew garlic before the kissing scenes. i’m like ‘come on!’