By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
This is the house of oxblood. Is it the color of your youth? [Charles] [Hand to his chest.] I think the real name of the color is Carnival Red. [Bill] Oh really, I didn't know that. [Charles] So many people take a dark apartment and make it light. This apartment is clearly a night apartment so I said let's make it into a loungy, romantic club. [Bill] Kind of old world. [Charles] I say, go with what it tells you it is. [Bill] Charles moved in in 1997. I told him, you have carte blanche. I'd already been living here 17 years. [We look around at the objects, the old radio.] [Charles] Bill has a passion for all things old. [Bill] This wing-back chair.
That you're sitting in, with your hands dangling down. [Charles] Show the letter. [Bill] [Indicates a framed letter.] Signed, "from Katharine Hepburn." She had a long, drawn-out death. At the time, I was working as a message therapistI came to New York to be an actor, stopped acting, became a massage therapist. Katharine Hepburn had a very serious car accident in Connecticut in the 1980s. She almost lost her foot. Someone who I knew had her address. I said, I'm going to offer my services as a massage therapist. She wrote back: "Thank you but I already have a therapist." It's on her letterhead which makes it very special.
Trimmed in red. I trimmed it in red. Her name on the top is in red.
What is the music playing? [Charles] That CD! [Joan Crawford is on the cover and the type reads, "That damn Bill."] Bill just had his 50th birthday. I said, Take a week off from work. Don't ask me any questions. You only have one and a half hours to get ready. You have to surrender. [Bill] I only knew that we were going on a plane. [Charles] I wanted to push it as far as I could. The next morning, we're in Miami, he thought, oh we're going to spend the week here. [Bill] I said, How come we're not going to brunch. [They tell the long story.] [Charles] He realized we were going on a cruise. We took his bags out of the car and he started crying. A friend was there and said, Here's the CD of my favorite songs. It was so layered. I spent a year planning this thing. [Bill] A week ago he threw me a surprise party, 100 people, both our families. Again, I was told we were going out for dinner.
What is he plotting now? [Charles] People say I should be in production. [Bill] He's a former ballet dancer. [Charles] It's all about entering a space and seeing people's reactions. For the party, I had light blue tissue paper globes. I changed some of the lightbulbs to blue. [Bill] Blue's my favorite color. [Charles] It was all for Bill.
Your dog. [Bill] We rescued her. She was dying, leaning against the wall, emaciated. We just said, Come, follow us. We fed her and she stayed, seven years.
What is that painting of a chair? [Bill] A friend made it. If there were another fire, I would grab that. We had a fire in the building a year and a half ago. [Charles] Halloween night. [Bill] A neighbor died. We were sleeping. I heard smoke alarms going off. If you hear more than one, something's wrong. The hall was full of smoke. I said, Wake up, we've got to go. [Charles] We were standing on the street for five hours. [Bill] They were trying to get into the apartment that the woman was in. She died two weeks later from smoke inhalation. [Phone rings.] [Bill] Hello? It's your daddy. [He hands the phone to Charles.] [Charles] The kidney stones!