The Day I Played A Zombie

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In 1985, I was sent to a limestone cave in luxurious Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where I was made up for hours until I ended up covered with even more pustules and oozy shit than when I arrived.

I played a zombie in George Romero's eagerly awaited tri-quel Day of the Dead.

Romero instructed us to not play your stereotypical zombies, with the usual arms outstretched and eyes bugging.

So when he said "action," I came up with a wholly unique approach that I was sure would nab awards and kudos.

I basically did Diana Ross, with arms in the air and lots of fancy hip swiveling. I was the gayest, most glamorous zombie to hit Beaver Falls in weeks.

After he yelled "cut," Romero singled me out from the crowd, and I was certain it was so he could sing my zombie praises.

Instead, he said to kindly can the shtick.

Horrified, I went back to the hands outstretched and eyes bugging.

And the movie bombed.

As a bonus, I'm including a shot of another outlandish sci-fi stunt I tried -- spoofing Jennifer Holliday's immortal Dreamgirls number, "And I Am Telling You ..."

When the eyes were open, believe me, they were bugging!


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Photos: Marc Weiss


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13 comments
latenitebump
latenitebump

in the second foto, i thought you were supposed to be elizabeth taylor!

Musto
Musto

I couldn't find myself, but there were so many zombies on screen it's hard to say.

The13green
The13green

are you visible at all in the final edit?

martin2012
martin2012

Haha! What a very entertaining story, That will teachMr Romero for not seeing your potential.  

Googoo
Googoo

And how's YOUR giggie doin', Wilda?

Wilda Divine
Wilda Divine

That second photo is simply and absolutely marvelous! It put me to mind of the time my evil Aunt Ida May was at my cousin Cindy,s sweet sixteen party. And Aunt Ida went to the bathroom and a wolfspider climbed up her giggie. The same precise look on her face. Of course you had to be there to see the way she spread her thighs and did that wild jig to get that spider to fall from her giggie. I think that the poor wolfspider was worse off from the ordeal. You look marvelous! And my cousin Cindy in Las Vegas is still laughing at the photo.

Willda Divine
Willda Divine

I never acknowledge that I was in Beaver Falls! If they would have takin your rendition of a fancy hip swiveling gay zombie the movie would to this day be a great cult classic. And as for Jennifer Holliday, and the eyes bugging out. Well so were her dry cleadous. She was well known for that persistent abnormality. But I would say to this day the best zombie performance was Miss. Michael Jackson's Triller. Gays always do it best girlfriends!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Looks like autograph hounds waiting for Harry Connick Jr. at the "Clear Day" stage door.

Timmee
Timmee

And I thought this was picture of the 6 AM rush at the Westside Club

Musto
Musto

By the way, in the top photo, I'm the zombie who's dead center, as it were.

Gristle
Gristle

I bet Beaver Falls never saw the likes of you again. 

Sanskrit
Sanskrit

I am flabbergasted. Twice.

Wilda
Wilda

It,s doing simple marvelous. Except for Friday and Saturday nights. That,s because I do my thing down at the 9-10. And that seems to bring on an extreme case of vagintis. So for years that was my drag name! One must make light of our cross too bear. But I also used the stage name Beaver Cleaver. Thanks for asking Googoo.

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