Thursday, April 18, 2013

I’m a Man


Steve Martin's 1984 epic The Lonely Guy tells the story of a "writer for a greeting card company" who "learns the true meaning of loneliness when he comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man."

The film contained one of those fleeting trans moments that has stuck with me forever. I only saw the film once back in 1984 and I was never sure about the trans moment. Did I see what I thought I saw or did I miss something?

To solve the 29-year-old mystery, I rented the film and watched it last night.

Approximately 12 minutes into the film, Steve's character is hunting for a new apartment. With real estate agent in tow, he finds an apartment he likes.

After agreeing to the terms of the lease, he exits the apartment. But just as he walks out the door, he asks the realtor out for dinner.

The realtor comes back with, "I'm a man."

The realtor (see photos) wore a skirt suit, makeup, a short, but decidedly female hairdo, and had a voice that most people would categorize as female. The actor portraying the realtor was a woman (Julie Payne).

Go figure.

Anyway, I found this trans moment interesting in light of our recent posts about femulators working as women.



Actor David Huffman working as a woman in television’s T. J. Hooker, 1984.



Wearing Parker.

1 comment:

  1. A great movie, Stana! Kudos to you for remembering and noticing the trans reference!

    IMO, that "line" was probably produced based on some possible real life situation.

    In reality, saying your a man while dressed and presenting as a woman to a potential "harmless" date is a sure fire way of ending that conversation! One needs only to look at how general society views most trannies.

    Men, however, sometimes feel they're surely women and life goes on to follow its own course! Again, kudos to you.