Richard E. Grant Details His Transformation Into A Drag Queen In Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Since Hugo needs to properly foster his young protégé in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” that means he needs to revive Loco Chanelle along with the glorious costumes, hair, and makeup that helps him create his stage alter-ego. In an exclusive interview with Looper, Grant said the transformation of Hugo to Loco involved “an incredible team of people.”

“I had somebody to teach me the Sheffield accent, and a dance choreographer to teach me how to walk with a load of sass, and sashay away and all that stuff. Guy Speranza designed a spectacular costume with a double D-cup bra, and Guy Common and Nadia Stacey came up with the makeup and hair design,” Grant recalled. “All of those things combined, it was a real team effort. I felt like one of those old veteran Ferraris turning up at a pit stop in Le Mans racetrack, when you’ve got 60 seconds to change the wheels, change the oil, change everything.”

From start to finish, Grant said it took about two and a half hours to get him on track to perform as Loco. For a finishing touch, Grant was outfitted with five-inch heels to boost his six-foot-two-inch frame.

“Getting into the heels, it felt transformative,” Grant said. “By the time you’re in gear and you’re six-foot-seven tall, you feel empowered. It’s bizarre.”


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