A man who lived a spectacular absinthe filled life, even his full name is extravagant: Henri Raymond Toulouse Lautrec Montfa. His main goal in Moulin Rouge is to produce a play that he and his fellow Bohemians are writing, "Spectacular! Spectacular!", set in Switzerland. He and the Bohemians recruit Christian to write the play after their crossdressing writer Audrey leaves the production because she can't work with the newbie.
In real life, Lautrec was a man of an short height 4'11" and suffered deformities of his legs and his mouth causing him to hobble and speak with a lisp. He was most well known for his paintings, including many he has done as lithograph/posters promoting Moulin Rouge.
He had an affinity for red-heads and was known by the brothel-girls as "tripod" because of his, endowment.
In the film, Lautrec sings "Nature Boy" about Christian at the beggining and end of the film. Though Lautrec is a minor part, John Leguizamo portrays him as an extrodinary and insightful individual.
"Christian, you may see me only as a drunken, vice-ridden gnome whose friends are just pimps and girls from the brothels. But I know about art and love, if only because I long for it with every fiber of my being."
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