February 14, 1985
What Is He Pertaining?
Does Bronson Pinchot
really owe his success to a lemon twist and a crazy accent? When the man
who practically steals the scenes in Beverly Hills Cop from Eddie Murphy
walked into his tiny role as the fey art-gallery assistant, Serge, it didn't
much resemble the hilarious outcome. But director Martin Brest gave the
actor near carte blanche, telling him, "Just wail! Do something
with a lemon twist." Pinchot invented his little espresso routine,
basing his vaguely Middle Eastern accent on an Israeli makeup artist he'd worked
with on a low-budget film. Speaking of low budgets, he says, "I
hardly made any money for Beverly Hills Cop. The movie made
millions - I made $2500."
Pinchot, 25, is not
an entirely new face. He was Barry the bookkeeper in Risky Business
and Alfred in The Flamingo Kid. His next gig is Dennis, a young
lawyer on NBC's sitcom Sara - who just happens to be gay.
But the flamboyant Pinchot (who went to Yale on a scholarship) isn't worried
about getting typed. "I grew up on welfare. If you only have
one shirt till you're twenty, and somebody says they'll put you in a TV series,
you don't care if you play gay, transvestite or anything!"