Entertainment Movies 'Red Rocket' 's Simon Rex 'Wasn't Allowed' to Keep Prosthetic Penis, Wants It to Live in Oscars Museum "It will be in a museum one day," Simon Rex told PEOPLE of the prosthetic penis he wore in his Sean Baker-helmed film Red Rocket, for which he's received critical acclaim By Scott Huver and Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 20, 2022 03:49 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Simon Rex is opening up about one of his most memorable props. The Red Rocket actor, 47, told PEOPLE he "wasn't allowed" to keep the prosthetic penis he wore in the Sean Baker-helmed film as he arrived at Saturday's 33rd Producers Guild of America Awards. "I don't think that was an option, but it will be in a museum one day," he said. When asked if he would donate the piece to the newly opened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, Rex replied: "I like that idea." How Simon Rex Went from MTV VJ to Receiving Praises from Leonardo DiCaprio for Red Rocket After going nude in the critically-acclaimed film, Rex confirmed earlier this month in his acceptance speech for Best Male Lead at the Film Independent Spirit Awards that he was in fact wearing a prosthesis. "I finally had to let it be known," he said. "I just had fun with it, and me and Sean Baker ... we agreed that we were going to keep it mysterious, and not say whether or not that was really me naked," Rex explained. "And at that point, after we won the Spirit Award, I said, 'It's time to tell people.' We did this for eight months. We somehow got away with it for eight months. It was just time to let people know." A24 In Red Rocket, Rex plays Mikey Saber, a con man and washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown with very little welcome from the locals, all while plotting his way back to the big time. The film serves as a comeback of sorts for Rex, whose career took off in the mid '90s as a model for Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Versace, and Levi's, as well as a VJ on MTV. He also appeared onscreen in Felicity, What I Like About You, and the Scary Movie franchise. "It's been very surreal, because we've all been living in this strange time together, in this Twilight Zone pandemic, strange times collectively that we're all in," he explained. "So if you add, on top of that, this amazing highlight of my career, it just adds to the weirdness of it all. RELATED VIDEO: Celebrities Attend the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Barker Hangar "Sometimes I just start laughing. I'll be in a hotel room by myself and I just start cracking up because it's kind of like, life is just a big cosmic joke. And how is this happening now? And I still think I'm just reeling from it all," Rex added. Red Rocket is now available on streaming and Blu-ray.