Andrew Dice Clay: “I’m a sexual animal”
Andrew Dice Clay, it seems, is back.
The raunchy comedian, who broke out in an HBO Rodney Dangerfield special in 1988, has been going through a lengthy wilderness period; after the charms of his particular brand of aggressive, sexual comedy wore off, the comic who once made vanity film "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" didn't appear in a theatrical film for twelve years; he even did "The Celebrity Apprentice." Recently, Clay's luck has changed, though; after a stint on "Entourage" in 2011, he appeared in "Indestructible," a special on Showtime, and now appears in Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine."
In "Blue Jasmine," which centers on the struggles of Jasmine, a society matron (Cate Blanchett) fallen upon hard times and mental instability, Clay plays a surprisingly pivotal role. As the ex-husband of Jasmine's sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), he's in flashback sharing the good times with Jasmine and Ginger as well as, bitterly angry, further catalyzing Jasmine's downfall in the present day. It's a challenging role, and one that Clay pulls off even when the specifics of his character (he's a workaday schmoe in the gritty lower-class milieu of, um, 2013 San Francisco) seem off-base.