He made his name in Hollywood as the director of the films from the 1980s St. Elmo's Fire, The Lost Boys and Flatliners.
And Joel Schumacher is also one of the lucky & # 39; off & # 39; filmmakers in Tinseltown, who was openly gay for much of his career.
In fact, in a new interview with Vulture, the 79-year-old makes the astonishing confession that he suspects he has had sex with up to 20,000 partners over the years.
Revelation: In an interview with Vulture, Hollywood filmmaker Joel Schumacher, 79, depicted in 2018, admits that he thinks he has had sex with up to 20,000 partners
Schumacher grew up in New York, where, after the death of his father when he was four, he was mostly left to his own devices by his single working mother.
& # 39; I started drinking at 9, smoking at 10 and sexually fooling when I was 11, & # 39; he told Vulture in an article published Wednesday.
When asked to estimate the number of partners he had, he told the interview that it was in & # 39; the double digits & # 39; such as & # 39; 10 or 20 & # 39; is a thousand.
He adds that the story is not uncommon & # 39; for a gay man, because it is available & # 39 ;.
"I have had sex with famous people, and I have had sex with married people, and they are going to the grave," Schumacher said. & # 39; I have never kissed and told anyone who prefers to share a bed with me. & # 39;
Regarding the fact that he was a minor when he started having sexual encounters, the filmmaker explained: “There are very tempting children. I was one of them. I was very tempting at a very young age. That does not mean that someone who was older should have said yes or should have paid. & # 39;
Schumacher also explained his voracious hunger for alcohol and drugs and confirmed the legend that he once spent an entire summer with only a Speedo while stoned from speed.
Discreet: & # 39; I have had sex with famous people, and I have had sex with married people, and they are going to the grave & # 39 ;, said the openly gay Schumacher. & # 39; I have never kissed and told anyone about it & # 39;
Hollywood myth: he directed the 1995 hit Batman Forever with Val Kilmer in the title role and Chris O & # 39; Donnell as his sidekick, but denied that he had thought of the two characters as a gay couple
Take 2: His less successful follow-up Batman & Robin from 1997 also played O & # 39; Donnell with George Clooney as Caped Crusader and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze
During his career spanning from 1974 to 2011, Schumacher has helped launch or strengthen the Hollywood career of many stars, including Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell.
He directed two Batman films, the 1995 hit Batman Forever with Val Kilmer in the title role and Chris O & # 39; Donnell as his sidekick, and the less successful 1997 Batman & Robin with O & # 39; Donnell accompanied by George Clooney as the Caped Crusader.
Despite persistent rumors, he portrayed Bruce Wayne as a closed gay man, refuting the idea in his interview with Vulture that he never saw Batman and Robin as a gay couple.
& # 39; There were a lot of people in my opinion that in a certain community George Clooney wanted to be gay & # 39 ;, Schumacher said. & # 39; The only people who ever said that to me were absolutely gay men. & # 39;
& # 39; George has the most bad sense of humor. I think he enjoyed it every second. I mean, George is an incredible person, & he added.
When asked about rumors about gay actors, Schumacher said he asked a lot about Tom Cruise.
& # 39; I think it happens to people who are romantic sex symbols on someone's wish list, & # 39; he explained.
Success from the 80s: Schumacher's early films include St. Elmo's Fire, The Lost Boys and Flatliners – he is shown on set with Kevin Bacon
Supporting on set: in 1991 he reunited with Flatliners star Julia Roberts for the tearjerker Dying Young and remembered how she had sobbed in his arms about a gossip story
Schumacher worked twice with Julia Roberts, first in 1990 & # 39; s Flatliners which was released only five months after becoming a global star thanks to Pretty Woman and in 1991 tearjerker Dying Young.
He remembers how the actress struggled with her sudden superstar.
While shooting Dying Young, he remembered holding Roberts in the back of a car while she sobbed because someone she'd been to school with in Georgia had sold a story about her former friends to the media.
& # 39; She looked up at me, crying and said, "I never had to be that famous." And it was so deep for me because I realized that you can't decide how much fame you want or get. It's not up to you. You are now with them, & Schumacher said. & # 39; I think she has become very strong in the end. It had to be her. What was her other choice? & # 39;
Other films that Schumacher directed are Falling Down from 1993 with Michael Douglas, shown on set, The Client from 1994, A Time To Kill from 1996 and The Phantom Of The Opera from 2004
Star maker: Schumacher cast the then unknown Colin Farrell in his 2000 film Tigerland, shown on set, and launched his Hollywood career. They worked together for the 2002 telephone booth
Another superstar who crossed Schumacher was a young Michael Jackson.
Schumacher wrote the screenplay for the movie version of The Wiz starring Jackson, then 20, and Diana Ross.
He told Vulture that the documentary Leaving Neverland has not seen and he does not intend to.
& # 39; He was shy, beautiful and brilliant and we have kept in touch over the years. We had many telephone conversations. I don't know anything about what happened, & the director said.
& # 39; If the boys (in the documentary) are right, they are right, and if they are not, I feel sorry for the Jackson family. But I do not know. I can't, "he said.
Four Decade Career: Schumacher & # 39; s latest Hollywood film release was Trespass from 2011. He is portrayed with star Nicolas Cage at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011
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