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What a Drag

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What a Drag

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EFREN RAMIREZ HAD A HELL OF A TIME RESEARCHING HIS TRANNY ROLE FOR THE THRILLER CRANK.

When actor Efren Ramirez wanted to find inspiration for his gay cross-dressing character, Kaylo, in this month's high-intensity Crank, he went to the first place that came to mind: West Hollywood, Calif., homo hotspot the Abbey. "I did my research by going to the place that everybody knows," laughs the L.A. local. "Straight guys don't want to admit they know it, but they all know it," he adds. The venerable stand-and-pose watering hole, not surprisingly, didn't deliver what Ramirez-who works as a DJ when he's not acting or fending off cult fans he picked up after playing the clownish Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite-was looking for. He kept on the gay circuit to continue researching Kaylo, who by day hides his women's clothes-wearing ways but at night is "totally tranny."

"I stopped by a lot of gay clubs and wasn't finding it until I got hired to DJ in a Detroit strip club," explains the once-married (it was annulled) straight thesp. "Then I found her, and she was hot-just a beautiful real woman, Daniela. She was wearing this emerald-green top and her hair was very big and she was so erotic and beautiful. I felt Kaylo wanted to be erotic and beautiful too, which is what most girls or trannies want, but they try and fail," he says with a laugh.

Kaylo helps Jason Statham's character keep his adrenaline up to cancel out a deadly poison circulating through his veins. …

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