Gina Gershon Fired Talent Agents over Bound Dispute
Gina Gershon, star of Showgirls, reveals that she fell in love with the script as soon as she read it, but her representatives didn’t want her to risk her entire career by featuring in the 1996 film – a time when playing gay and lesbian characters onscreen was still considered controversial.
However, Gershon shunned her agents’ advice and left the firm so she could freely work with film-making siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski, who was then known as Larry, on their directorial debut.
The actress explains, “With Bound, I loved the script so much and no one knew these unknown directors and I wanted to meet them, because I thought the writing was so spot on, and as soon as I met them, I was like, ‘These guys are great.'”
“You could tell they were geniuses, but my agent and everyone was like, ‘You’re not doing this movie, it’s gonna end your career.’ I’m like, ‘Why?’ (They said), ‘Well, you’re playing a lesbian. It’ll ruin your career.’ It’s like, ‘So what? It’s a great part, it’s a classic part that I never get to play, and there’s two unknown directors and they’re bad a**es; these directors are incredible.’ She was like, ‘No, no, it will ruin you, we can’t let you do it.’ So I said, ‘Well, I guess that I’m gonna have to leave.’ I left my agents over it. I said ‘You’ll get the commission.'”
Gershon, 53, thoroughly enjoyed working with the Wachowskis, but admits she did struggle for a few years afterward to find different kinds of parts as she was suddenly stereo-typed.
She tells U.S. talk show The View, “At the time, it definitely pigeon-holed me for a second, after Showgirls and that (Bound), and then all of a sudden I was getting killer lesbian motorcycle crazy people, and I just thought, ‘Oh God, this is so silly’, but I’m so proud that I did that movie and I’m happy that it helped a lot of people. I loved it.”
Gershon tweeted a photo of herself from The View – declaring that she had a wonderful time.