It’s questionable whether a gay sex-party planner can shoot Palin’s grandbaby daddy in the buff and save Playgirl, but Daniel Nardicio does have one answer: he’d do Levi even if his penis is small.
Nardicio, well known in certain seedy New York circles for all-male sex parties in “exotic” locales like the ramshackle hotel used to film the gay classic “Cruising,” got a major career boost when the all-but-dead Playgirl asked him to revive its print product with some fresh ideas.
Despite a notion that Bravo’s Andy Cohen drooled over the idea of Levi Johnston (photo) posing nude first, Nardicio and Playgirl are claiming it as his big idea. Whether Johnston’s Johnson is a “big” idea or not has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks.
But Nardicio not only tells the Daily Beast that reports of Levi’s hand-wringing over his penis size are “total bullshit,” but that he hasn’t seen the goods, didn’t ask and doesn’t care.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate,” he says. “I ask models [for a look], but they’re not famous. When they’re famous, I’m not going to worry about it. We wouldn’t turn away Levi if he had a small penis.”
Nardicio also says a gay man was the magazine’s only hope at survival.
“The reason I wanted to work with them is that I think of it as a classic American brand that got a little lost. The women working on it weren’t keeping up with the times. They didn’t admit that there were a lot of gay men reading the magazine and gay men don’t want to see guys with flowing long locks looking like they came from the cover of a Danielle Steel novel.”
We’ll see. Other than the photos of Brad Pitt taken without his knowledge with a long-range camera, and David Duchovny playing coy in Playgirl’s studio several years ago, the magazine’s idea of celebrity “goods” isn’t very impressive. Lyle Wagoner (who?), Keith Urban (ew!), and Scott Bakula (whew!) are their other most famous centerfolds.
One has to wonder if Nardicio has any better judgment than his predecessors if he thinks Levi’s status matches even those half-assed choices, much less can carry enough weight to get Playgirl off the ropes. If it goes well—and with all the hype, it might—the magazine is considering four-to-six special issues in 2010.
On the baby daddy front, Levi now tells CBS that he will take Sarah’s daughter Bristol Palin to court for joint custody of their son.
“At the end of the month I’m going to file for joint custody of Tripp,” Johnston tells the network. Friendly negotiations are “not working. I’m done. It’s going to have to go to court. They just finally pushed me over the edge.”
Well, the Playgirl shoot should definitely help his case. We only ever said Doofus was cute, not smart.