Comedian Chris Tucker played the flamboyant talk show host Ruby Rhod in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element
. At times it feels like a Prince impersonation
— but maybe that’s because the music artist was offered a chance to play the outrageous character. French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, known for crafting some of fashion’s most shocking works, created the costumes for the sci-fi film. It seems that Gaultier’s getup for Ruby was even too much for Prince. Exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
is currently at the Brooklyn Museum, which is where website io9 learned
what the androgynous singer thought of the fishnet-and-feathers ensemble:
“Still not saying anything, Prince gave me this Charlie Chaplin kind of look. I could see that something had just happened, but I didn't know what, only that he had indicated to his bodyguard that he wanted to leave right then and there. I thought he was going to go and see Luc. Later, Luc told me that Prince had been very surprised and amused — by my presentation, but that he found the costumes a bit too effeminate. And, most importantly, he had thought he heard 'Fuck you, fuck you!' when I was saying in my terrible English accent 'Faux cul, faux cul' [fake ass]!”
Too effeminate for Prince? We didn't think that was possible. Gaultier’s tale also revealed that Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts were originally cast as lead roles in the film, which seems totally bizarre. Roberts’ Leeloo would resemble Pretty Woman's Vivian Ward during a particularly rough month on the streets, and Gibson… well, no snark needed there. What do you think of Prince’s horny ostrich costume? Be sure to catch the Gaultier exhibit in New York, on display until February 23.
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