Peter Castro
May 01, 1989 12:00 PM




MODEL MEDDLING: In the mystery Fear, now filming in L.A., LAUREN HUTTON plays best friend to ALLY SHEEDY’s psychic. In between takes, Hulton gives some advice of her own. Says Sheedy: “Lauren told me it’s time to get my act together. She wants to lake me shopping. She’s making a list of people she wants to fix me up with.” Hutton’s notion of a hot date, however, is a little curious. “I’d like to fix her up with SALMAN RUSHDIE,” says Lauren. “Perhaps not him, since he’s married, but definitely an artist. She has to get away from rock and rollers.”

LIVE AND LET DIVE: Olympic diving champion GREG LOUGANIS says his former manager and housemate, R. James Babbitt, is playing dirty pool. Louganis fired Babbitt March 13 and now alleges that Babbitt threatened his physical safety as well as his reputation by disclosing “confidential and private facts” about the diver. “I believe that Babbitt is unstable and capable of violent acts of aggression,” Louganis told California’s Superior Court. “I felt that I could no longer tolerate the abuse and threats.” He also claimed that Babbitt told him, “I made you and I can destroy you.” Babbitt, who denies the charges, has been ordered to stay 500 yards away from Louganis.

THE ART-IFICE OF ACTING: Actor KURT RUSSELL probably won’t turn up at an Actors Studio benefit. Twenty-six years after he made his youthful film debut, the star of Winter People sees no method in his movies. “To go on about acting as an art is ridiculous,” Russell, 38, told London’s You magazine. “If it is an art, then it’s a very low form. You don’t have to be gifted just to hit a mark and say a line. Hitting my marks and knowing my lines is 90 percent of the job.” Decrees Russell: “Anyone who finds acting difficult just shouldn’t be doing it.”

MUNSTER MASH: Two major spring releases, Disorganized Crime and Pet Sematary, have pulled FRED GWYNNE to the forefront of feature films. But the man who lumbered to fame as a bumbling Frankenstein says that such starring roles weren’t easily won. “I knew I was a leper after The Munsters,” says Gwynne, who played father Herman Munsteron that ’60s TV series. “I stayed in Hollywood for a year after the show and all I could get was stuff like Lost in Space, which I turned down. So I came back to the East Coast and realized the only thing I could do was start at the bottom all over again—I was desperate.” Despite his close association with his munstrous role, Gwynne was not offered the chance to reprise it on the current syndicated remake. “The original cast members all got apologetic letters telling us we were too old to do this new show,” he says. “Isn’t that a gas? I mean, how could you tell under all that makeup? I think what they meant was we were too expensive.”

CYBILL LIBERTY: In Chances Are, CYBILL SHEPHERD’S first feature since her Moonlighting TV success, the actress falls for a 23-year-old man (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.). “I didn’t do a movie for years because there wasn’t anything worth doing,” says Shepherd, 39, “but I liked this because it involves an older woman and a younger man. It’s good to encourage that type of thing for young men’s sake. In this movie, I fool around with a younger man, and that’s always fun.” Not so entertaining was the knowledge that she was paid some $3.5 million less than the $5 million her Moonlighting co-star, BRUCE WILLIS, got for his Die Hard outing. “I do feel competitive, and it bugs the hell out of me,” says Cybill. “But I’m really happy for him, and I kind of share in his great success. I mean, I think I had something to do with it.”

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