Joel Schumacher estimates he’s had up to 20,000 sexual partners
Turns out Joel Schumacher‘s box-office figures aren’t the only sky-high record he’s got.
The 79-year-old director of smashes like “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Batman Forever” and “The Lost Boys” recently gave a wide-ranging interview to Vulture in which he detailed some of the more fabled elements of his past, including his drug use and promiscuity.
“Have you ever guessed the number of partners you’ve had?” interviewer Andrew Goldman asked him, to which Schumacher responded, “It would be in the double-digit thousands, but that is not unusual.”
“Double-digit thousands. You mean like 2,000 or 3,000?” Goldman responded. Schumacher corrected him by clarifying: “That’s not double digits, that’s single digits.”
After Goldman corrected his estimation to “20,000 or 30,000,” Schumacher narrowed it down to “10, or 20.” (Again, that’s thousand.)
But the director remained nonchalant about a record that puts Wilt Chamberlain or Gene Simmons to shame: “It’s available,” he says simply.
“Now, a lot of gay people are getting married, they’re adopting, or they’re having children,” Schumacher said later in the interview. “There wasn’t any of that when I was young. If you went into a gay bar and there were 200 men in there, and you said, ‘Okay, who wants to have a little house with a white picket fence, and a dog, and a child, raise your hands,’ or ‘Who wants to get laid tonight?’ The concept of a lovely suburban life or raising children was not a high concept.”
Schumacher’s last major Hollywood release was 2011’s “Trespass,” but in 2015 he diversified, directing an Off-Broadway play and executive-producing a television series.
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