"When you write something, you think, Oh, I wrote this thing and if it goes well, it will be out in the world—you don't expect it to stick with you and grow old with you like a child," Tracy Letts, the Pulitzer-winning writer of Killer Joe, told us at the Tribeca Grand last night. "[Killer Joe] is the first thing I wrote when I was 25 years old," he continued. "And it's very disturbing, I watch it, and I'm like, Oh my god, where did this come from? It's like a fever dream I had; it's scary and very upsetting." Indeed, if you've heard anything about Killer Joe, it is probably that it is a film starring Matthew McConaughey with an NC-17 rating and a very unpleasant scene involving a phallic fried-chicken drumstick. This is a little unfair, Killer Joe has plenty of other things to recommend it—an Academy Award winning director, William Friedkin, who likes to sing songs from South Pacific on the red carpet, and performances from Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, and a particularly wonderful Juno Temple.
Interview joined a rather skinny-looking McConaughey, Gershon, Friedkin, Letts and a host of their famous New York friends last night for a screening of the film followed by Deleon Tequila cocktails at new club No 8. Things we learned on the red carpet include: Roseanne Barr owns a museum in Hawaii; Will Friedkin has a true appreciation for Tony Danza(something along the lines of, “ladies and gentlemen, there's a real star in the room”) ; and once Tracy Letts' Chicago production of Three Sisters closes, he is never directing Chekhov again.
Guests included Version: producers Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners, Mickey Liddell, David Dinerstein, Graham Nash, Camila Alves, Courtney Love, Griffin Dunne & Anna Bingemann, Kyle MacLachan & Desiree Gruber, Sherry Lansing, Carla Gugino, Michael Shannon, Tony Danza, Russell Simmons, Billy Magnussen,Terry Richardson, Stavros Niarchos, Jessica Hart, Rachel Roy, Mickey Sumner, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.