Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mommie's Boy: Stark Sands Makes an Indelible Impression as Charles Busch's Sexy, Psychotic Gay Son in Die Mommie Die

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mommie's Boy: Stark Sands Makes an Indelible Impression as Charles Busch's Sexy, Psychotic Gay Son in Die Mommie Die

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Any drag queen worth her salt can tell you that it's all about the shoes. This was a lesson Texas born and raised actor Stark Sands learned in the nick of time--just seconds before the cameras rolled on his big drag number in Die Mommie Die, the new film written by drag virtuoso Charles Busch, who also stars as fallen pop diva Angela Arden. "Before we shot, I was in my wig and makeup trying to do the moves that Charles and I had worked out, but I just wasn't feeling it," recalls the straight and single Sands, who makes his feature film debut playing Angela's troubled gay son, Lance. "And then they gave me my shoes, and I immediately found it. The strappy heels were the key."

Once he slid into them, you could hardly get him to stop lip-synching. "I've been a singer since I was in middle school, so that was fun," says Sands, whose first major job out of University of Southern California drama school was a two-episode stint as Lauren Ambrose's hippie boyfriend on Six Feet Under. "Before Die Mommie Die, I mostly played straight-arrow, all American boys next door, so it was exciting to play such a different and extreme character right off the bat."

Just how extreme is Lance? Well, he's a touch psychotic, for starting. He ,also plays the guitar in the buff, has been known to start gay orgies at school, and fit one memorable nude scene, implores Jason Priestley's swaggering tennis pro to "haul out that bratwurst and spread some mustard on it." "I've got to be honest," says Sands. "It was a fun line to say."

"People have told me that they find the scene between Stark and Jason really hot, which makes me happy," reveals director Mark Rucker, who was turned on to the comely newcomer by playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out), who had seen Sands on Six Feet Under. "Stark just rose to the occasion. Everything I asked of him, he did and did extremely well. Some of the guys that I auditioned were too psycho. Stark was able to bring a sexiness and naivete as well as a sort of disturbed quality to the character without making him seem stupid, which is not an easy thing to do."

Particularly when you're going through hell in your home life. …

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