Speaking to the L.A. Times, Leslie Jordan was always good for a sassy one-liner. But when he wasn’t acting as a movie star, Jordan was a stand-up comedian, a writer, director and producer. You’d think he had a few lives in between.
So when Jordan sat down with the Times and talked about his new book, “It’s Not Over, But It’s Not Good Enough: Getting Through Life Without Dying,” he seemed more like the man who was born, lived and died with cancer than the man who got the ball rolling.
It’s Not Over, But It’s Not Good Enough: Getting Through Life Without Dying
Jordan: One of the hardest things about cancer is not being able to get to the movies or to a big party or to a dinner with your friends and family because you’re too sick.
So I went to a big party and had to sit at a table. There was a pretty girl from Kansas City who was going to be the next Miss New York, and she was sitting at the same table with me. I told her I have cancer and she said, ‘I have cancer too.’
But she said, ‘You don’t have to be alone, do the same thing I do,’ which was to keep smiling and have fun while I’m going through this cancer thing. You have to face it, and you have to make the most of it because it’s not over, but it’s not good enough.
She said to me, ‘It’s not over by a long shot, and you’re going to beat this thing. It’s not over by a long shot, and you’re going to beat this thing’ – which, of course, was not true.
If it was, then I would have been there two months later, right when I was supposed to be there – because I would have been sitting at a table with my friends and family, and they would have been asking, ‘How’s your movie going? How’s business?’ and instead I was sitting in a hospital waiting room with my daughter, and there was my best friend, my partner and co-founder of our entertainment company dying from cancer.
We don’t do enough of that here in Hollywood – not enough of that in any part of the entertainment industry. In many ways, our industry is the most conservative, least transparent industry in the country – not just the entertainment industry in general – the media