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He made screen history while "coming out" to the world as Brian Roberts, the bisexual protagonist in the 1972 film, "Cabaret." Since then, Michael York has continued to work his onscreen magic in other films including "The Three Musketeers," and also on television in "Logan’s Run." Yet, it’s the role of Basil Exposition in the hilarious "Austin Powers in Goldmember," that fans ask about most. And that’s okay with York, because he understands why Basil and Austin Powers are so popular.

"Basil is a little over the top. He wears the British outfit that’s taken just one step further. Yet he’s sort of the straight character. All these madly extroverted and wacko characters revolve around him. But he’s sort of—even though he is exaggerated—he is a certain pillar of rectitude."

Born in England in 1942, York has relied on instinct to help choose projects throughout his prolific career. But how did an actor, whose first film successes include roles in Franco Zeferelli’s film adaptations of Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Taming of the Shrew," feel about being part of a tongue-in-cheek comedy such as "Goldmember?"

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 29 - September 2018
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