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

The Velocity of Salma

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

The Velocity of Salma

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WILD STAR SALMA HAYEK SAYS IT WAS PASSION THAT FINALLY SOLD PEOPLE ON THE VELOCITY OF GARY

With its swirl of muscular drag queens, a porn star dying of AIDS, a deal transvestite, and a gay hustler, The Velocity of Gary* (*Not His Real/Varec) pulls he punches with its dreamy yet harsh take on New York City street life. Which could explain why the film languished off-screen for the past year while Hollywood execs bandied it about like a hot potato.

Enter Salma Hayek. Fired up by the heat of her plum role alongside Will Smith in one of this summer's big guns, Wild Wild West, she mode calls fop cash during Velocity's filming and later for its release. Voila! There's a movie in the house. "I'm still making fucking carls," says Hayek, whose company, Ventanarosa, was thanked with a credit for producing. "I met all these passionate people in the film. It was contagious. I just really wanted this to happen." Big-time. "Salma has pull," says Velocity's director, Dan Ireland. "She saved the movie."

Most actresses with a potential blockbuster in the can and a lucrative Revlon cosmetics endorsement contract in their pocket would have little patience for a small indie like Velocity. The film zeroes in on a sassy, jobless waitress (Hayek), a hunky gay hustler (Thomas Jane, else in this summer's mega-action flick Deep Blue Sea), and Valentine (Vincent D'Onofrio), the bisexual porn star whose yearning for both cements a tragic love triangle. …

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