Have you heard the one about Boy George and Leslie Jordan on a horse in the Mojave Desert?
It’s not a joke — well, not exactly — but it is a funny tale when recounted by Jordan with his signature flair. It’s also exactly the kind of story that has made his life and career so rewarding.
“I was on a horse, and Boy George led me across the Mojave Desert,” Jordan says. “It was miserable!” The occasion was an elaborate film shoot to capture a 15-second TV commercial starring Boy George to promote a Japanese sake brand. “That was one of my first jobs,” says Jordan, who was uncomfortably outfitted to portray a monkey with “straws up my nose and prosthetic pieces.”
“I really enjoyed being with him,” he continues. “He’s quite the jokester. I asked him at one point, ‘How do I yell to the Japanese crew that I’ve got one more take in me? How do I say one more? That’s all, because the sand is getting into my contact lenses, and…