Jocko Sims, who stars in NBC’s “New Amsterdam:” “Awkward when it’s a sex setup with someone you don’t like and don’t talk to. This actress wasn’t speaking to me, yet we had this heavy-duty coming up, where we had to be passionate. She didn’t bother with any routine hi-how-are-you beforehand, and minutes later we’re into this big-time Doing It.
“The show’s written and produced by women. And they literally wrote in every detail. I must say, one of those sex scenes did end up being a little fun. Sometimes, to take the edge off, it takes a shot of tequila. Jon Hamm was known to do that. I did that once, too.”
Sims recalled one particular dream sequence in the TV spinoff of Oscar winner “Crash.” It had a bareback — bare way down his back — take wherein he’s riding a motorcycle in the desert with two women on board.
“I see this woman on set with a camera. I’m like, whoa! Drugged-up Dennis Hopper didn’t care. Me, I’m thinking, all I need is a shot of me going viral buck-naked on a motorcycle with two beauties. You have to be aware who’s around when you’re filming a scene involving nudity.”
Sunday, a full interview that might flash his backside, front side and anything else is with hosts Jesse Nash and Steve Grillo on AftershockXL, the Battlechats Network on YouTube.
House is a real haunt
McKittrick Hotel, West 27th, built in 1939 and named for the hotel in Hitchcock’s classic “Vertigo,” is now a venue, not a hotel. Bars, food, clubs, parties. One tenant, “Sleep No More,” which began in 2011, has types such as Madonna and Adele come. All wear masks. Nobody knows nobody.
The parties raged Halloween. Speakeasy Magick is 90 minutes with A-1 magicians and illusionists. Host’s Todd Robbins. Drinks at tables in the Club Car, it’s thrilling whizbang — items stolen, torn, removed, torched, drowned, then returned — up close.
Ben Platt, Neil Patrick Harris, Bradley Cooper, Steve Martin, Woody Allen, and B’way’s master illusionist Derren Brown have gone.
Lead with love
Years back Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor’s husband twice, told me: “You needn’t be in love with your leading lady — but it helps. It’s torture when you feel nothing toward them. Making love professionally is helpful if you have some yen for them personally.
“I had to kiss one famous actress whose mouth was like the Grand Canyon. Her nostrils? As if entering a two-car garage. One can manage to feel something toward some leading ladies, and I try to find what’s bearable, but I’ve suffered sheer hell heroines. There’s hardly money enough to pay for this kind of work.
“Kissing one particular lady was akin to taking a deep dive into outer space. Enough to make one think of turning away from women altogether.”
Bits & pieces
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and wife Hilary, Audrey Gruss and gallerist Isabelle Bscher checking out a $28 million René Magritte at Park Avenue Armory art fair. Martha Stewart, Sofia Symonds and Elizabeth Sutton also sniffed around … Interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, who did Kim Cattrall, Howard Stern and Jack Welch homes, will curate an Architectural Digest show at the Department of Design and Construction.
Please try to pay attention
Psychic Rebecca Fearing and Dr. Drew — who, just so you know, have podcasts — Halloween’d at Carolines … Halloween in London, critic Johnny Oleksinski saw “Mary Poppins” and says Petula Clark, age 86, looks like a million (Brit currency) pounds.
At one debate, Biden and Bernie shook hands. And their fingers fell asleep.
Yawned only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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