A Little ‘La Cage,’ a Lot of Love

January 26, 2012

Christopher Sieber, left, and George Hamilton, right, star as happy couple Albin and Georges in “La Cage aux Folles.”

We thought we knew George Hamilton: He has an improbable tan, he was on “Dynasty,” and he played the lawyer in the third “Godfather” movie. When we questioned him about his upcoming turn in “La Cage aux Folles” at the Kennedy Center, our conversation took surprising detours, so now we also know his views on life, love and the Internet.

Here, we present snippets of our 90-minute chat with the voluble star.

I heard a rumor that you dated Lynda Byrd Johnson, Lyndon Johnson’s daughter.
That’s not a rumor!

I assume anything on the Internet is a rumor.
The Internet is our modern-day library. I’m amazed that I lived in a world that didn’t have that. I love it because you can be sitting with someone and have no idea who they are, and you go to the bathroom and get your Google going, and you’re back in 10 minutes and you’re an expert on them.

So, you were in D.C. during the ’60s.
It was the height of the Vietnam War, and our country was very divided. I saw up close what was going on in the White House. I went hunting with [President Johnson] and spent time at the LBJ ranch and even got a chance to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom.

“La Cage” touches on some political live wires.
Things that were outrageous yesterday aren’t outrageous today. “La Cage” was the anthem of the gays of the ’70s and ’80s. It was thought of as being very edgy. And we’ve taken it to middle America and they don’t find it edgy. One of [the audience members] sent me a pair of pants.

Wait, why did she send you a pair of pants?
She didn’t have a G-string, but she had a pair of pants. It all, in the end, is about love. At the end of the day, people get on their feet to applaud something that’s about being true to yourself and your family and love. That’s what’s universal about it.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; until Feb. 12, $65-$130; 202-467-4600. (Foggy Bottom)
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