Myra Breckinridge (1970) (part 12 of 12)
Shortly after finishing this recap, I came across a copy of the August 1970 issue of Playboy, which contains a pictorial essay on Myra Breckinridge written by Rex Reed himself. Included are several pictures from the filming, particularly of the party scene (apparently, it was meant to be a much more important deal than what it turned out to be), along with several interesting details about the making of the movie. And it’s all the more fascinating considering that most of these juicy tidbits were published before the movie even came out.
According to Rex Reed, “I knew I was likely to be murdered when the reviews came out, so I wouldn’t agree to do the movie unless the studio let me approve my part of the script before filming. Under no circumstances was I interested in playing a homosexual who has an operation to make him into a woman.” [!] Seeing as how this was the whole plot of the book, I’m not sure what Reed thought he was getting himself into in the first place.