What Is He Pertaining?
Bronson Pinchot, With a Twist
by: Paul Rudnick
Photo by: Bonnie Schiffman
Pinchot auditioned for a play I wrote, Poor Little Lambs. The role
called for a nerdy, officious type; during the course of the audition, Bronson
pulled a clipboard, a baseball cap, and a pitch pipe from his pants -- not from
his pockets, from his pants.
got the part, and never ceased to inspire. One scene called for drag; by
the second day of rehearsal, he had purchased a smart shirtwaist, at a thrift
shop, and a memorable lizard purse. Eventually, in his coiled wig and
support hose, Bronson came to resemble an Armenian widow, and he insisted that
everyone call him "Lydia."
then, Bronson has appeared in Risky Business, The Flamingo Kid, and, most
amazingly, Beverly Hills Cop, where we walked off with the picture by
being the sole cast member who didn't seem to have wandered in from a
particularly dim-witted episode of T.J. Hooker. Now Bronson is
soaring; he appears on NBC's Sara, he uses Sylvester Stallone's hair
person, and he has just been titled a "Gorgeous Guy" by Teen
is a sublime comic actor, and a cruel mimic. I have heard Bronson sing
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" in perfect Cher; I have seen him destroy
an audience simply by wearing a beret and carrying a carton of chocolate milk
onstage. I have watched secretaries melt at Bronson's approach; I have
seen Bronson dance the role of Romeo on Columbus Avenue as if choreographed by
Balanchine. Bronson will be a huge star; his range and risks are
unlimited. No wonder Eddie Murphy has bodyguards.