Broadway and Hollywood star Nathan Lane is taken to task for his sharp tongue in Esquire magazine's May issue. In a feature headlined "Nathan Lane Is So Funny, He Hurts," writer David Blum chronicles incidences of Lane going on TV talk shows and telling waspish stories about people he's worked with, including Mickey Rooney, George C. Scott and Scatman Crothers.
The story also delves into a rift between Lane and playwright Terrence McNally, who wrote Lane vehicles Lisbon Traviata, Lips Together, Teeth Apart and Love! Valour! Compassion!. McNally dedicated the last-named play to Lane, but now reportedly is not on speaking terms with the actor.
Lane is having a triumphant spring, starring in two hits simultaneously, The Birdcage on film and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Broadway.