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Rotten supports

Trump, Brexit vote

LONDON (AP) — Count punk pioneer Johnny Rotten among President Donald Trump’s supporters.

The former Sex Pistols front man, whose real name is John Lydon, tells ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” that “there’s many, many problems” with Trump as a person, but he’s not racist. Lydon says Trump “terrifies politicians and this is joy to behold.” He says he looks at Trump as “a possible friend.”

Lydon is a U.S. citizen, but also weighed in on the politics of his native Britain, saying he’s in favor of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last year. He says, “the working class have spoke and I’m one of them and I’m with them.”

Kline says farce

not as easy as looks

NEW YORK (AP) — At a press event celebrating his return to Broadway, Kevin Kline wanted to be crystal clear on one topic: He’s not having a midlife crisis. He’s playing someone who’s having a midlife crisis.

“I’m way past my midlife crisis. I’m in my third,” the actor joked.

Kline is starring in “Present Laughter,” Noel Coward’s 1939 farce about an egomaniacal matinee idol in the midst of personal turmoil. It’s all about dressing gowns, love affairs and witty repartee, but Kline says it’s really hard work.

“One of my friends said, ‘Noel Coward? That’ll be a breeze for you.’ But I’ve never done it before. It’s not as easy as it looks,” he said. “It’s supposed to look easy but, in fact, it’s threading a needle.”

Kline, 69, plays Garry Essendine, an aging star who can’t answer the door without first checking his hair in a mirror. The character is planning a trip to Africa but is interrupted by a love-struck ingenue, a producer, his estranged wife and crazed young playwright. The title comes from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” — “Present youth hath present laughter.”

Described by the playwright himself as “a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics,” the play has now been revived five times on Broadway and many times in London.

, starring Ian McKellen, Albert Finney, Frank Langella, Victor Garber and Coward himself.

“It had always been on my list of parts because I saw it once and thought, ‘What a funny play and what a great part,’” said Kline. “Someone who takes himself terribly seriously — those are funny characters.”

By Patricia Older

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