Madonna Interview in Budapest
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TIME Magazine May 20, 1996 Volume 147, No. 21
I AM A TIP-TOP STARLET In Which Something Is Lost, But Much Is Gained,
In The Translation
When the huge Evita production company blew into Budapest last month to rent
its ancient architecture, Madonna, the film's star, was much too busy
staying in character to meet with the local press. Finally, on the eve of
her departure, good manners prevailed, and the pop diva submitted to an
interview with the Budapest newspaper Blikk. The questions were posed in
Hungarian, then translated into English for Madonna, whose replies were then
translated back into Hungarian for the paper's exclusive. Shortly
thereafter, at the request of USA Today, Madonna's comments were then
retranslated from Hungarian back into English for the benefit of that
paper's readers. To say that something was lost in the process is to be
wildly ungrateful for all that was gained. "I am a woman and not a
test-mouse!" reads a typical quote. USA Today, presumably pressed for space,
published only a few of these gems, leaving the rest to the imagination,
whence has sprung the following complete transcript:
Blikk: Madonna, Budapest says hello with arms that are spread-eagled. Did
you have a visit here that was agreeable? Are you in good odor? You are
the biggest fan of our young people who hear your musical productions and
like to move their bodies in response.
Madonna: Thank you for saying these compliments [holds up hands]. Please
stop with taking sensationalist photographs until I have removed my garments
for all to see [laughs]. This is a joke I have made.
Blikk: Madonna, let's cut toward the hunt: Are you a bold hussy-woman that
feasts on men who are tops?
Madonna: Yes, yes, this is certainly something that brings to the surface
my longings. In America it is not considered to be mentally ill when a woman
advances on her prey in a discotheque setting with hardy cocktails present.
And there is a more normal attitude toward leather play-toys that also makes
Blikk: Is this how you met Carlos, your love-servant who is reputed? Did
you know he was heaven-sent right off the stick? Or were you dating many
other people in your bed at the same time?
Madonna: No, he was the only one I was dating in my bed then, so it is a
scientific fact that the baby was made in my womb using him. But as regards
these questions, enough! I am a woman and not a test-mouse! Carlos is an
everyday person who is in the orbit of a star who is being muscle-trained
by him, not a sex machine.
Blikk: May we talk about your other "baby," your movie, then? Please do not
be denying that the similarities between you and the real Evita are grounded
in basis. Power, money, tasty food, Grammys -- all these elements are afoot.
Madonna: What is up in the air with you? Evita never was winning a Grammy!
Blikk: Perhaps not. But as to your film, in trying to bring your reputation
along a rocky road, can you make people forget the bad explosions of Who's
That Girl? and Shanghai Surprise?
Madonna: I am a tip-top starlet. That is my job that I am paid to do.
Blikk: O.K., here's a question from left space: What was your book Slut
Madonna: It was called Sex, my book.
Blikk: Not in Hungary. Here it was called Slut. How did it come to publish?
Were you lovemaking with a man-about-town printer? Do you prefer making
suggestive literature to fast-selling CDs?
Madonna: These are different facets to my career highway. I am preferring
only to become respected all over the map as a 100% artist.
Blikk: There is much interest in you from this geographic region, so I must
ask this final questions: How many Hungarian men have you dated in bed?
Are they No. 1? How are they comparing to Argentine men, who are famous for
being tip-top as well?
Madonna: Well, to avoid aggravating global tension, I would say it's a tie
[laughs]. No, no, I am serious now. See here, I am working like a canine
all the way around the clock! I have been too busy even to try the goulash
that makes your country one for the record books.
Blikk: Thank you for your candid chitchat.
Madonna: No problem, friend who is a girl.
© 1996 Peter Langston