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Jennifer Tilly Is Glad She Played The Lesbian Role In ‘Bound’ After Many Actress Refused It

The Wachowski sisters introduced a lesbian relationship to mainstream cinema in 1996’s romantic crime-heist film.

Jennifer Tilly shared the lead role with Gina Gershon in ‘Bound.’ The two played lovers trying to steal $2 million of Mafia money.

Tilly spoke about the film and her role in a recent chat with Collider. She said:

“You know what? I love it so much. ‘Bound’ was very groundbreaking at the time because I feel like we set the path, because at that time, there were hardly any lesbian representations in mainstream cinema. I mean, they had the ‘Red Shoe Diaries,’ they’re sort of like popcorn kind of situations, but just to have two people

The actress revealed why many actresses before her turned down the part:

“[Lilly and Lana] Wachowski said to me, ‘You would not believe how many actresses refused to come in and read because they thought it would be very bad for their career.’ They were telling me some of the actresses, and I was like, ‘I cannot believe that these actresses don’t want to come in and read for the two best female parts that I’ve read in a very, very long time.’”

She admitted:

“Of course, we were a little worried, Gina [Gershon] and I, that it might be pornographic — I mean, more pornographic than what we want, but the Wachowskis were so respectful. At the time it came out, it was sort of mismarketed and nobody really saw it. It was in the theaters for, I think, a week… But I think it’s an amazing movie. It’s one of my favorite films I’ve ever done. It’s like your basic film noir. It’s a classic film noir with a twist, if I might say, and we’re really happy to find it’s found its audience.”

The Film Is Being Restored

‘Bound’ became a cult classic, especially for the LGBTQ+ community, despite its modest box office of $7 million against a $6 million budget.

Now, the film is being inducted into the Criterion Collection. It will be re-released in 4K this summer.

Tilly commented on the news by saying:

“It’s so fantastic… We were very gratified to find out it became a cult film, and it’s coming out in the Criterion Collection, and I think it was on a lot of the streaming services, because it sort of went away for a while.”

She also shared what to expect from the new release:

“The Criterion Collection, though, I think it’s gonna be super high definition, a lot of extras, and me and Joey [Pantoliano] and Gina [Gershon], like, talking smack about each other in the commentary. It’s gonna be a great thing to see.”

Pantoliano, Gershon, and Tilly reunited in a Season 2 episode of ‘Chucky’ in 2022. The back half of Season 3 is currently set to air on April 10.

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