Bruno and the Birmingham High kids

brunobham.jpgAs part of the promotion for the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie Bruno, GQ magazine runs photos of Cohen-as-Bruno cavorting on the field with the football team at Birmingham High School in the Valley. He's wearing very little, and the movie is R-rated and offensive to some gays, so there's controversy from, among others, LAUSD Supt. Ramon Cortines. Heck, they could just chalk it up to Birimgham's long Hollywood association. It was the high school for Encino when Valleywood kids — such as Sally Field, in her Gidget era — actually went to public school. The football field was, I believe, built with a major fundraising push from Dick Van Dyke. If you want to go way back, before it was a high school Birmingham was a World War II Army hospital where Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and other stars performed for the wounded. In Marlon Brando's first starring screen role, a year before "Streetcar Named Desire," he played a paralyzed vet who (angrily, of course) rolled his wheelchair around Birmingham. Jack Webb also starred in The Men.

Mark Seliger / GQ.com

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