Cher and Stanley Tucci hadn’t ever met before they were cast in Burlesque, but judging from their banter during the press junket for the film, the two could easily be longtime friends. That friendship is evident on screen, too, as Tucci plays Burlesque club owner Cher’s gay BFF in the film, which revolves around a group of dancers that finds new success after Christina Aguilera comes waltzing through the front door.
From joking that Cher has a "filthy" mind to one-liners that Tucci isn’t impressed by her humor, the pair discussed everything from playing gay — "you play a person" — to the loyalties of the gay community, as well as all things Burlesque during their shared roundtable interview.
AfterEllen.com: Cher, We haven’t seen you on screen in a long time. What was it about this movie that drew you back?
AE: What do you love about your character, Tess?
In the beginning, she was not likable — she’s complaining and yelling at the girls all the time — and I just thought somebody like this would have just sold the club. That’s a no-brainer. She would have just said, "Fine, I don’t want to be here either."
AE: One of Tess’ best moments is "You Haven’t Seen the Best of Me." How do you personally identify with that song?
AE: This is an incredibly gay movie, without question.
AE: How does this rank among the gayest things you’ve done in your career?
AE: Do they, Stanley?
AE: You’ve played gay now for Cher and Meryl Streep. Who’s the better boss?