You don't see a lot of Richard Chamberlain these days (we're not going to mention that 2007 comedy he popped up in), but the work is still going strong. He's got a role in TNT's Leverage, maybe a play this summer, and now American Cinematheque is hosting a tribute to him at the Aero Theatre in LA. In the midst of all this, the LA Times sat down to talk with ol' Allan Quartermain, and it's definitely worth the read.

Along with the usual chitchat about his current work, Chamberlain talks about coming out seven years ago, and the "great freedom" it gave him. (News to me... Were any of you under the same rock that I was?) "When you grew up gay in the '30s, '40s and '50s, it was a terrible thing. You absorb all of this negative stuff and it becomes a part of you. It wasn't until I was writing my book .... I remember the moment, actually. It was almost like an angel came into the room and put her hand on my head and said, 'Enough of this nonsense.' It's the most benign, meaningless fact being gay. What does that tell you about a person?"

Beyond incredibly apt commentary from a theoretical angel, Chamberlain talks about working with Katharine Hepburn on The Madwoman of Chaillot in the sixties, and how she analyzed his personality through his "little pig ears," and also how director Richard Lester told him he was perfect for Petulia because he "looks great on the outside, but there's nothing inside."

If you check out the tribute on Friday and Saturday (he'll be there) let us know how it goes!