At her Film Society of Lincoln Center series on Saturday night, the ever luscious Raquel Welch admitted that on the set of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage, she developed the hots for Stephen Boyd, her hunky, dimpled co-star (known for the Oscar winner Ben-Hur and the non-Oscar-winner The Oscar).
When Raquel invited Boyd into her room for a drink, Boyd replied:
“I’d like to tell you a little story that was told to me by John Gielgud.
“I hope you’ll think about it and get my drift.
“An actress is a little bit more than a woman,” he related, pregnant with meaning, “and an actor is a little bit less than a man.”
“I thought, “What’s he saying?'” remembered Raquel, who was utterly stymied at the time.
Then it hit her:
“He’s not interested in me! I am the wrong sex!”
Raquel then cutely said that she wished she hadn’t told that story because Boyd is no longer here to give his side of things, but WTF, we always knew he was a friend of Dorothy (if not a lover of Raquel).
And I’m a little pissed that he thought being gay made you less than a man!
It’s actually a fantastic voyage.