"These are toxic people, living in a toxic environment doing the best they know how and making bad decisions and having even worse outcomes," Gershon says of the family at the center of the film, which Tracy Letts adapted from his 1993 play.
Not only does Gershon not object to on-screen nudity, as fans of "Bound" and "Showgirls" may recall, but her first appearance on screen in "Killer Joe" is made while she is naked from the waist down.
On a completely unrelated note of course, Gershon's new book In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind, is out Oct. 11.
It is the story of her searching for her missing cat in Los Angeles. Why? What were you thinking?
Watch our video interview with Gershon online today at PhillyGossip.com.
Out and about
Defense attorney Chuck Peruto Jr. is still embarrassed over mistakenly introducing actor Terrence Howard to friends as John Legend Saturday night at the Princeton in Avalon.
Peruto says his confusion came from meeting both the Oscar-nominated actor and the Penn graduate musician through his friend, Philadelphia Style publisher John Colabelli. Both men have been cover-models of the magazine.
System of A Down stopped at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden) the night before the rockers played the Susquehanna Bank Center with the Deftones Thursday.
Motivational speaker Jim Smith Jr. celebrates the launch of his new book, The No Excuse Guide to Success, from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 at Xfinity Live.
The former University City High athletic standout will be joined by 97.5 The Fanatic's Brian Baldinger, who hosts the event.
For more info on the book, visit noexcuseguide.com.
The Sports Chatter Guys (Gene Giello, Paul J. Solari and Kevin Midgette) are back on air, from 2-3 p.m. Mondays on WWDB 860 AM.
Their show has been aired on different stations over the years. The show can be streamed at WWDB860AM.com or listened to by phone: 712-432-6621.
Art teacher seeks aid
Fishtown's Deva Watson is raising money for her art program at the Southwest Leadership Academy Charter school. Watson's made a short film about her efforts that is posted at indiegogo.com/mydivingbell.
The former Pub & Kitchen (20th & Lombard) server seeks $6,000 to convert her classroom into an art room and to buy supplies for her students.
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