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Larry B. Scott goes beyond Lamar Latrell Print E-mail
Written by JON SINGER   
Sunday, 28 August 2005
Larry B. Scott is one cool cat. He's happy, direct, funny and most important, he's straight. He makes that clear immediately when discussing Lamar Latrell, his gay character in "Revenge of the Nerds."

Scott loved filming "Revenge of the Nerds," especially the sequels.

"In the second movie, everyone knew I was straight," Scott says. "So on the set it was just crazy, man. All of us with hundreds of girls as extras in bikinis just sitting in paradise like that. We definitely lived the life."

In the early '80s, Scott says, any role, even a gay role, was a great step forward for him. He just wanted to avoid playing the stereotypical thug in television and movies.

"I had done all dramatic stuff before this," Scott says. "And back then, to get a role like this was really good. Most of my roles were like, 'You cut me, man!'."

"This was something different for me, and I was excited about it," he says.

But Scott did hear some negatives from the black community and fellow actors. Some thought the role was derogatory toward African-Americans and homosexuals. But Scott thinks differently.

"It was just a good time. It was great to do a comedy, and the role was fun," he says.

Asked the secret to his feminine strutting, Scott keeps it simple.

"I just let out my feminine side," he says. "Just let it go and don't worry about anyone else."

Scott could rap and dance in the days of "Nerds," and those talents were used by director Jeff Kanew. Scott had free reign to come up with his performance with fellow nerds at the Homecoming Carnival.

Any avid "Nerds" fan knows the words by heart:

Clap your hands everybody, and everybody clap your hands!

We're Lambda Lambda Lambda and Omega Mu
We come here on stage tonight to do a show for you

We've got a rockin' rhythm and a high tech sound
That'll make you move your body down to the ground

We've got Poindexter on the violin
And Louis and Gilbert will be joinin' in

We've got Booger Presley on a mean guitar
And a rap by little old me, Lamar

We've got Takashi beating on his gong
The boys and the Mus are clapping along

And just when you thought you'd seen it all
Along comes a Lambda 4 feet tall

Another famous Lamar scene is his javelin throw at the carnival, during which he threw a flimsy, aerodynamic javelin built by fellow nerd aerodynamics expert Harold Wormser, to beat our rival and jock Stan Gable.

The javelin wasn't real, only a prop according to Scott.

"I'll tell you a story," Scott says. "I was so sick that day. I couldn't do anything. But Jeff said, 'Just come out here and throw the javelin, and you'll be done.' So I did, and I think it took only three takes, and it was done."

Scott is thankful for a quality camera crew that day.

"Those were the days when you didn't have a TV screen right there to see if the shot worked out," Scott says. "You just had to guess. That's where the lighting guys and the crew come in to play so much."

Today, Scott continues to act, but is also passing along lessons he has learned to aspiring young actors in Los Angeles.

"You've got to get pimped, and then you've got to pimp," Scott says.

Curtis Armstrong, aka Booger in the "Nerds" movies, stops by to help Scott and teach actors once in a while.

"Curtis is a Rhodes scholar, I kid you not," Scott says. "You'd never imagine that, right? But it's true!"

Scott also keeps in contact with lead nerd Robert Carradine.

Scott can next be seen in "Getting Played" a film that also stars Vivica Fox, Bill Bellamy and Carmen Electra. He also writes comic sketches for B.E.T.

Reflecting back on Lamar, Scott sees the role as having been edgy at the time, but nothing compared to today's gay openness in television and movies.

"It was tame back then," Scott says. "All this stuff now, like 'Will & Grace,' is way more than anything we ever did.

Scott has always stayed busy, but after "Nerds," there was a time when Hollywood only thought of him as a specific role actor.

"After doing Lamar, they wanted to cast me as every black or gay character," Scott says. "They wanted me in 'Mannequin' and I said no, and they wondered why. I just don't need to do that again."

"They only think of you as one thing," Scott says. "To them, I'm Lamar. To you I'm Lamar. That's why we're doing this interview. But that's OK. It happens to everybody."Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Larry B. Scott

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Written by Guest on 2007-09-06 07:41:38
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Written by Guest on 2008-01-18 11:36:14
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Written by Guest on 2008-03-01 16:50:20
I've collected all Larry's DVD's 
where his beautifully buffed bod is wonderfully showcased. 
His nary of an ounce body fat 
look is an absolute turn-on. He's a CHOCOLATE MUSCLE  
LOVER'S DELIGHT. Never 
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Written by Guest on 2008-07-12 09:03:05
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Of course in order to fully  
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There's alot to be tasted &  
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stone unturned. Can you say 
SEX SLAVE!
Written by Guest on 2008-07-28 15:03:01
:)  
I like Larry! I hate he was stigmatized by his Lamar role, but I enjoyed all of the Nerds and he did have a great body! I loved his toned legs..I'm glad he isn't gay! I sure didn't want that bod to go to another man..we ladies wouldn't mind that too.
Written by Guest on 2010-09-15 20:59:20
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