Is George Hamilton the most interesting man in the world? He's played Evel Knievel, Hank Williams, and gay Zorro. He's piloted airplanes and been circled by man-eating sharks. The famously tanned actor's romantic history reads like a French bedroom farce with dollops of international intrigue. He's been backstage with Elvis, gone on benders with Robert Mitchum, and Colonel Tom Parker was the best man at his wedding. Now Hamilton, who was born in Memphis, is coming to the Orpheum to play Georges in the national tour of La Cage aux Folles. Here's what he had to say about this and that.
Memphis Flyer: Why aren't you the pitch man for Dos Equis?
George Hamilton: Ha! I have seen those commercials. But I don't know. ... I'll tell you something interesting that happened a few nights ago, though. Ten pairs of panties were thrown onstage by ladies in their 70s and 80s. Maybe they think I'm Tom Jones? Chris Sieber plays Albin in the show, and he can't let that go. He bends down, gets a pair, and put them on. On the back it was written, "Mary Anne, call me." And her number.
La Cage is a love story wrapped up in a farce. Which part do you like best?
The universal story isn't about the gay world, it's about being who you are and being faithful to that. People respond to universal things like the loss of a son getting married or two people devoted to each other being tested.
"La Cage aux Folles" is at the Orpheum March 20th-25th, orpheum-memphis.com.